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In this note we use the Hopf map to construct a family of metrics in the 3-sphere parametrized on the space of positive smooth functions in the 2-sphere. All these metrics make the Hopf map a Riemannian submersion. Also, the fibres are all geodesics if and only if the metric comes from a constant function and so, we have a Berger 3-sphere. Every geodesic in a 3-dimensional Riemannian manifold is a minimum for each elastic energy functional. Therefore, we characterize those functions on thedoi:10.1017/s0017089501020109 fatcat:l7b26bq3bjaulhvxpvmdbp7yfq