The name Lindberg is a famous one in the diving scene, but it’s mainly the women of your family that we know, isn’t it?
M. L.: I have been married to Ulrika Knape since 1978. She won Gold in the women’s platform and springboard competition at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and Silver in Montreal in 1976. In 1974, she won the European Championships in the 3m springboard and the platform competition. Our daughter, Anna Lindberg, continued her mother’s career as an athlete. She won at medals at European Championships, four of them Gold, and she participated in five Olympic Games. Her greatest achievement was the 5th place in the 3m springboard competition in Sydney in 2000. I have been a diver myself. I won 26 titles at the Scandinavian Championships and competed in European and World Championships.
Was diving your main job?
M. L.: No, I worked as a headmaster. The main part of my life outside of school was still influenced by diving, though. Since 1976, I am coaching divers six times a week. I was a national coach, I have organised international competitions, such as the Swedish Cup and the Arena Diving Champions Cup as well as many Swedish competitions and TV productions. I was a coach at the Olympic Games of 1984 in Los Angeles and a referee for the Olympic Games and World Championships between 1996 and 2008. From 1990 to 2006, I was also the Chairman of Swedish Diving.
So, if you are not here at the International Divers Day in Rostock, we’ll quite likely meet you at another diving meeting?
M: L.: I am a member of the LEN and FINA TDC. As a delegate of FINA, I have been involved in the Olympic Games of 2012 and 2016 for LEN, I worked at the European Championships. I am also passing on my knowledge as a lecturer for FINA, working in the development of diving and the training of referees.
Tell us about your time in Rostock.
M. L.: I think my first time in Rostock was in the mid-90s. Since then, I have been back at least ten times as a coach for the national team, as a referee or a FINA delegate. I love coming to Rostock because the International Divers Day is one of the best-organised competitions in the world of diving. The best athletes from all around the world want to come here but that is not just because of the diving. The city and the organisers are making sure that everyone is having a great time. Everyone receives a warm welcome and is being looked after and once you leave, you have had a wonderful weekend full of excellent diving and new friendships.
You will always be welcome here at the International Divers Day – no matter, if you are coming as a delegate or simply as a diving friend.