On ’60 Minutes,’ Free Diver Alexey Molchanov Shows Why He’s ‘King of the Deep’

’60 Minutes’ takes a deeper look into the life of the Russian freediver his peers call ‘king of the deep.’

Outdoor adventure sports tend to inspire a mixture of both awe and vicarious fear. But few sports seem as obviously dangerous — and difficult — as freediving.

In this pursuit of diving to icy black depths, no athlete has gone further than Russian freediver Alexey Molchanov. In this ’60 Minutes’ profile on CBS, the camera follows Molchanov down a cave for the annual Vertical Blue competition in the Bahamas.

Molchanov can dive over 39 stories deep while holding a single breath for nearly 5 minutes.

“That doesn’t seem like a good idea,” the interviewer says.

“For me, it does. I enjoy finding new boundaries and pushing them further because I know I can,” Molchanov responds. “It feels very much like flying. Like freedom. Like pure joy.”

OK, Alexey. Most of us will have to take your word for it.

Runtime: 13 minutes

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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.


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