‘The life and soul of freediving’: sport pays tribute to Natalia Molchanova

She pushed the boundaries of freediving for 12 years, her habit of setting world records earning her the nickname the Machine. But Natalia Molchanova – the Russian considered the greatest freediver of all time – is now feared dead after failing to surface after a recreational dive with friends off…

Natalia Molchanova was giving diving lesson when she vanished, son says

Freediving world champion Natalia Molchanova was giving a diving lesson to several inexperienced divers when she failed to surface, it has emerged. Molchanova, 53, vanished on Sunday as she was freediving – diving without breathing apparatus – near Formentera, a small island south of Ibiza. Initial reports said she was…

Shawn Dollar, surfer of world’s biggest waves, breaks neck in four places

Top big-wave surfer Shawn Dollar broke his neck in dangerous conditions off the central coast of California and remained in hospital on Wednesday, his management company said. Dollar, who holds the world record for the largest wave ever paddled into, was in stable condition after breaking his neck in four…