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