If life had panned out slightly differently, Henrik Christiansen could have been starring on the stage rather than preparing to visit Rio for his first Olympic games.
“I did a lot of theatre when I was younger, while I was working out exactly what I was best at, and really enjoyed it,” says the 19-year-old Norwegian swimmer. “I had a great time putting on plays, but I eventually I had to choose that or swimming, and it was a tough decision at the time.”
Fortunately, Henrik has no cause to regret his choice. Five years after focusing his attentions on the pool, he served notice of his enormous potential by winning bronze medals in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing. He has gone from strength to strength since and, with Rio just around the corner, cannot wait to test himself at the highest level.
(Unrelated video in Norwegian. You just have to guess what on Earth is happening there)