Freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. Now there is amazing, breath taking footage of her talent, thanks to British director and photographer Ian Derry who captured her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice, shot in the wilderness of Finland at temperatures of minus 14 degrees..
And do note this: Finnish art director Johanna Nordblad – who lives on Lauttasaari island in Helsinki – discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment, while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg.
Now healed, she’s not only a record-breaking freediver who swims for lengthy periods under the ice of frozen lakes while holding her breath. Which is a dangerous and exhilarating passion she explored while weak. She is also my personal super hero and a woman to look up to. Because she bravely never gave up searching for that special, thrilling something that would change her life and, probably, the lives of others watching, breathless.