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Posted in Sports, Sports Media, Swimming with tags , , on March 25, 2012 by Mr.Scott

 Swimming the English Channel in the 1900’s.

Gertrude Ederle was born October 23, 1906, in New York.  One day in 1926 when Ederle was nineteen years old she became the first woman to swim the 21 miles form Dover, England, to Cape Griz-Nez across the English Channel. This separates Great Britain and France.

 Gertrude Ederle was nine years old when she learned how to swim, and fifth teen when she learned proper form and techniques. In 1924 Ederle enter the Paris Olympics, and won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay and has two bronze medals as well. As you can see, Gertrude Ederle was an ambitious woman living her young life to the very fullest, dreaming and dreaming the impossible. Ederle is so young and eager to swim, what was next for the young Olympic medalist? Ederle wanted to do something more than  just honorable; she wanted to be the first woman to accomplish swimming across the English Channel. A man by the name of Sebastian Tirabocchi, he holds a time of sixteen hours and twenty-three minutes. He swam form France to England in 1923. Before Gertrude Ederle successful swims, two Englishman, Captain Matthew Webb, and T.W. Burgess conquered the channel in 1911.

 The morning of August 6, 1926 at 7:09, Gertrude Ederle plunged into the cold frigid channel, on her quest to be the first woman to cross the English Channel. After three hours in the sea, battling the harsh flow of the tide and her destiny is hopelessly out of reach. As we watch a little tiny woman in a red bathing suit dress and skullcap, along with goggles grit her teeth and focus on her destination. As the British shore appears in a shadowy distance, Ederle put power into her strokes with every once in her body. Another thing that keep Ederle on track, her father had promised her a new roadster at the beginning of her quest. This motivated her even more to finish up strong.

Then there was a sudden change in the tide that was in Ederle’s favorer, this is what she needed to reach the shore.  As Ederle swim with all her power to reach the shore, she road the tied like she was  a baby seal, and off to the distance as she approaches the shallow water, Ederle notice the hundred of people on the beach. After enduring stinging jellyfish and the tied against her, Gertrude Ederle finally finished up at 9:04 p.m. fourteen hours and thirty-one minutes in the cold frigid channel. Ederle became the sixth person to swim the channel and the first woman to swim the channel successfully. When she finished, she had beaten the previous record by two hours. This gives Gertrude Ederle a place in the history book.

Gertrude Ederle returned back to her home state of New York City, and on her arrival she had a tensile town parade awaiting for her, with well over two million people that attended. Once she was done, she told The New York Times, “I knew it could be done, it had to be done, and I did it.” There were so many fans to congratulate her on her swim, even the mayor of New York City.