After Chris had won the ITU long course world championships in Spain we met each other in Paris. While strolling through Paris we were asking him some more philosophical questions. The answers show you another side of Chris, and they show you the side of Chris that in my opinion made him such an successful athlete and mature human being.
Part 1 of the interview was recorded at the cemetery Père Lachaise where Jim Morrison got buried and countless celebrities hoped to find their rest in peace. Right there I asked Chris the question whether age matters to him, a place where the finiteness of life becomes so apparent.
Let's summarize his words shortly. Of course, for Chris age matters, but he doesn't struggle with it. He clearly states that age makes you grow and change, if you were able to grab the chances you had, if you were ready to take some risks in life and make experiences. When you are young age has got something scary and deterring but when you are close to your forties you better accept it and enjoy the fact of being much more experienced, he says and I think he his very right.
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