Getting to Know: Germany’s Paul Biedermann

Feature by Stefan Lackner

CLEVELAND, Mississippi, October 4. THE next swimmer in the Getting to Know series on European swimmers is Paul Biedermann. Biedermann is a German swimmer who topped the long-standing national record of Michael Gross in the men's 200 free.

Country: Germany
Events: 200 and 400 Freestyle
Birthplace: Halle/Saale
Height: 6-3
Weight: 202 lbs
College: Sportgymnasium Halle
Residence: Halle/Saale
Hobbies: Computer, Friends,
Education: Abitur / A-Level
Marital Status: Single
Club: SV Halle
Coach: Frank Embacher
In 2004:
* 3xGold (200,400,1500Freestyle) Junior European Championships
In 2005:
3rd.Place 400 Freestyle European Short Course Championships in Trieste / 7th Place 200 Freestyle Medley World Championships in Montreal
In 2006:
7th Place 200 Freestyle European Championships in Budapest
In 2007:
7th Place 200 Freestyle World Championships in Melbourne / 2nd Place 200 Freestyle and 2nd Place 400 Freestyle European Short Course Championships in Helsinki
In 2008:
1st Place 200 Freestyle European Championships in Eindhoven / 5th Place 200 Freestyle Olympic Games Beijing

Additional Honors:
Sportsman of the year of Halle 2007

Additional Information:
Sponsors: DVAG, Arena

How was the Olympics overall?
It was my first Olympics. It was a very great atmosphere with some nice swimming. There were some unforgettable impressions from the Olympics.

How has swimming changed your life?
I am more focused on the important things in life, and am much more composed.

Who has helped you the most get to the point you are now?
My family, my friends and, of course, my coach.

With the world getting faster in the sport, who do you see as the next big swim country after the U.S. and Australia?
France and Korea

What is your next goal?
A good result at the World Championships in Rome.

What do you do to prepare before a race?
I always listen to my music. Only metal (Metallica, Rammstein, Machine Head, etc.)

Did you ever wish to participate in another sport?
No, but I am very interested in ice hockey.

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