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Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
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Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)
Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water.
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She maintained the rhythm of her stroke by singing Let Me Call You Sweetheart while reporters sang back, Yes! We Have No Bananas until the weather turned nasty and they started to be sick over the side of their boat. As Ederle battled the rain and 20ft waves, her coach and her father tried to persuade her to give up. "What for?' she replied.


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