Nathalie Luisa Pohl
OPEN WATER SWIMMER
13. October 1994
BirthplaceMarburg an der Lahn
HOW DID I GET INTO SWIMMING?
The decision to become an open water swimmer and conquer the seven seas wasn’t made by me overnight. Like many other children, I simply started out looking for a sport that I enjoyed and tried out a few things – from ballet to athletics. Finally, at the age of five, I attended my first swimming class and knew immediately: this is it!
“OPEN WATER SWIMMING FASCINATED ME AND IGNITED A PASSION (IN ME)“
FROM SWIMMING TO OPEN WATER SWIMMING
FIRST STEPS IN OPEN WATER SWIMMING
In June 2014, I took part in the Lake Constance Crossing which marked my debut in open water swimming and was a significant moment for me. I found a pace that I could maintain well over 12 kilometres and it worked: after 2.5 hours I arrived at the other end of Lake Constance and had reached the first milestone of my career as an open water swimmer.
“WHETHER IT’S TRAINING OR COMPETITION, PUSHING MY LIMITS IS A GREAT FEELING!“
In July 2018, I had another personal and sporting success by winning the legendary “20 Bridges Swim” in New York – the first German ever to do so!
Although I am proud of my achievements, I stay focused on the future with many more channels waiting for me.