Adam Skolnick

One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

Adam Skolnick

Talk: One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Mevoli was among freediving’s brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, a fierce competitor, and a gentle soul who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, no matter the risks. So when Mevoli arrived at the world’s premier freediving competition, Vertical Blue, in 2013, it was widely expected that he would challenge records and this would be one more stop on his meteoric rise to stardom.

Adam Skolnick

has written for the New York Times, Playboy, Outside, ESPN.com, BBC.com, Salon.com, Men’s Health, Wired, and Travel + Leisure, among others. He has visited 45 countries and authored or coauthored over 25 Lonely Planet guidebooks. His coverage of Nicholas Mevoli's death at Vertical Blue earned two APSE awards.

One Breath: Freediving, Death and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits

One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America's greatest freediver Competitive freediving-a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath-tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth.

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