The 19-year-old woman who swam the English Channel faster than any man
April 14, 2016 - Uncategorized
Aug. 6, 1926
Greased down with petroleum and lard, Gertrude Ederle prepares to swim across the English Channel.
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Born in Manhattan in 1906, Gertrude Ederle first learned to swim at the age of nine at her family’s summer cottage in Highlands, New Jersey.
By the age of 15, she was becoming a formidable amateur swimmer. She dropped out of school and entered competitive training at the Women’s Swimming Association.
She was soon setting world records left and right, and at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris she won two bronze medals, as well as a gold in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. Read more…