Thomas Lurz, a nominee for the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, gave a great interview with Herbert Krebel of Slow Twitch.
In the interview, Thomas explains how the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was similar to the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championship 10K race in Sevilla, Spain, "…in the 10K races it mostly happened like this. Especially at rowing courses because there are no waves and you can see every swimmer clearly in the field and the last 1.5k everyone tries to do their best after 8.5k. It’s the finish."
Thomas also shared some insights on his views of the new high-tech swim suits. "I think in the swim skin development will grow up still in the next years. The companies will try to find new materials and new methods to make a better swim skin, which brings also faster times in the pool. But for the kids it’s going to be very expensive thing. To spend nearly 400 euros for a swimsuit it’s quite a lot. But I like to swim with swim skins. It could be also a possibilty for sponsors to do advertising. There is enough space on the suit."
It is another interesting article from Slow Twitch on one of the world’s best marathon swimmers who travels the world to compete in a sport he dearly loves.
More details on Thomas and the other nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year are posted here. Information on the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees are posted here.
Photos of Thomas were taken by Giorgio Scala of Deep Blue Media.