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Speedo video: Athlete Q&A with Christian Sprenger

Want to know what makes breaststroke world champ Christian Sprenger tick? We quizzed the Australian swimmer with your need-to-know questions during our video Q&A, including what keeps him motivated, how relaxes and what’s playing on his iPod right now.

Want to know what makes breaststroke world champ Christian Sprenger tick? We quizzed the Australian swimmer with your need-to-know questions during our video Q&A, including what keeps him motivated, how relaxes and what’s playing on his iPod right now.

Q&A With Speedo Athlete Christian Sprenger


Former World Record holder, Christian, dreamt of being a footballer as a child, before setting his sights on swimming. Now a breaststroke world champion, he became the first Australian to win an individual gold medal at the world titles, winning the 100m breaststroke at the 2013 Barcelona World Championships. We caught up with him to find out a little more about this swimming champion.


Why did you choose swimming?


I think swimming for me, as a young kid I really enjoyed it, and you know, as I got older it progressed quite fast. I played a lot of other sports, but swimming seemed to be the one that I kept going back to. And around about 20, 21 years old, I knew I wanted to make the Australian team. And yes, that was it, I was hooked.


What was it about swimming that made you stick with it?


I think it's the ever-growing challenges, I think. You know, you've got a lot of guys out there who are continuously looking to try and best themselves, and I think that competition and that rivalry throughout the world is why I really stick with it. I think racing is just what makes it so intense, and there's nothing else like it.


What keeps you motivated?


Some mornings it's tough, I will say, you know, it's never an easy ride, and if it was easy, everyone would do it. But you know, in the mornings I think about my competitors, and I make sure I'm getting up out of bed because I know that they are too, and that's the easiest way for me to get around that whole motivation thing.


What would you be doing if you weren’t a swimmer?


As a young kid I wanted to be a European football star, but I think my career in swimming has gone incredibly well. So you know, I think back to the days I was playing soccer as a young kid, and maybe things could have been different, but I'm very happy being a professional swimmer.

What would your dream day off be?


I've been dying to surf in Hawaii, so I think that's definitely something I want to do. Hopefully not too far from here.


What do you do to relax?


I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, and things like that. Nothing too strenuous, I guess. You know, I'm probably more of a stay at home kind of guy, rather than sort of going out and doing too many things. But it's a very relaxed lifestyle.


What music do you listen to?


Actually I just recently heard a band called Pompeii, and Bastille was the song. That was playing during the World Championships. So yes, whatever I can get my hands on.


What has been your most memorable sporting moment?


I was very impressed when Phelps took the eight gold medals in London – in Beijing, I should say. That sort of really pushed me and inspired me to want to do great in my events as well. And you know, over the past 12 months I've really taken what I can out of the sport, and tried to produce some moments of my own.