Meet Diego Lopez, an LSE alumni attempting to break a Guinness world record by completing a major, significant swim in each of the seven continents (“Continents Seven”)
Diego Lopez is a finance executive, globetrotter and marathon swimmer, born in the Canary Islands in Spain and currently based in New York City. He earned his MSc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in 2006, and has since then been a committed alumnus in a number of geographies globally. During Diego Lopez’s amateur career as marathon swimmer, he has amassed a number of wins. During 2018, he is attempting to break a Guinness world record by completing a major, significant swim in each of the seven continents (“Continents Seven”) including New Zealand, South Africa, Bolivia, USA, England-France, Hong Kong and Antarctica.
As part of his global journey, Diego swam from Dover in England to Calais in France on July 7th. With a historical success rate lower than 30%, only 1,832 people have completed the English Channel – i.e. less than half of the people that have climbed the Everest. Diego is among the few, if not the first LSE alumnus to complete the swim solo, and just months before Britain is officially set to leave the European Union.
In this podcast, Diego shares his experiences on:
- How he got started – How he first got into (marathon) swimming and the motivation for his current world record attempt
- Training whilst maintaining a 9 to 5 – His training regime leading up to this attempt and balancing it with his day job
- Why it’s not all open waters and plain swimming – The setbacks and challenges he has faced on the journey till date and how he overcome these
- Goal Setting – His preparations for swimming the English Channel (Dover to Calais)
Listen and learn more below…
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