Stefan Holm began to build Lego at the age of three. A few years later, he started a high jump career which later would make a mark in history.
When approaching adulthood, he stopped building Lego. The high jump career, however, managed to stay alive.
In 2004, at the peak of his career, Stefan won the Olympic gold medal in Athens. He has four World Indoor Championships gold medals and one silver. In 2005, he passed the dream frontier of 2.40 meters during the World Indoor Championship in Madrid.
Today, in addition to being a member of the International Olympic Committee, Stefan is also a popular lecturer, a coach (in high jump, of course).
On top of all this, he's also an AFOL too – an Adult Fan of Lego. The interest eventually came back, and it actually converged with the highlight of his high jump-career. Before the Olympics in Athens, he built the Olympic logo in Lego and, at the same time, realized how the building process became a fun way to prepare himself for an upcoming event. Or as Stefan himself expresses it:
“The feeling I sought for as a high jumper was what you usually call ‘flow’ – that stage when everything just happens automatically, and you don't have to think or reflect. Outside of the sport, the only time I can really achieve that feeling is either when I read a really good book or build Lego”.
Together with sports, Lego is a big part of Stefan’s life – two interests he has found a great way to combine.
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