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Greg Whyte OBE

Physical Activity Expert


24 September 2013'The Man who Doesn't Breathe

World Champion freediver Stig Severinsen breaks new world record (500 feet under ice on a single breath of air)

Demonstrating extreme skill, incredible bravery and intense dedication, four-time, Danish World Champion freediver, Stig Ă…vall Severinsen, achieved a new Guinness World Record when he accomplished ‘the longest dive under ice’, on a single breath of air. Authenticating his lifelong passion for water and breath-holding, Stig pushed himself far beyond the limits of any normal human being, swimming whilst wearing a wetsuit, in the freezing waters of Greenland. He submersed himself underneath one metre thick ice, as he covered a distance of 500ft (152.4mtrs) - the equivalent of one and a half football pitches. Stig’s ambitious world-record achievements are documented in Discovery Channel’s fascinating two-part series, The Man Who Doesn’t Breathe, which premieres in Denmark and the UK later this year.

Dan Korn, Senior Vice President and Head of Programming, Discovery Networks Western Europe comments: At Discovery, we’re fascinated by people who are willing to dedicate themselves to achieving the truly remarkable. Stig is one such individual and it was a great privilege for us to be able to film him as he attempted these three world records. It also provided an opportunity to explore some ground breaking physiological and sports science, which – through Stig’s endeavours – led us to the very limits of the human body’s capabilities.

The show is produced by the two production companies Ace & Ace from Denmark and Back2Back from England, and with Stig Severinsen as Associate Producer.

Ace & Ace Films has a long track record of producing documentaries across a range of global terrains and conditions. Their images are as diverse as their adventures from tropical rain forests to the Arctic ice caps to desert lands and underwater whale habitats. Ace & Ace have produced films with Stig since 2001 following him through international competitions.

back2back productions ltd is an independent production company based in Brighton that has earned a reputation for creating quality factual film-making and thought- provoking television programmes. Their documentaries have been sold to broadcasters in the UK and across the world.