Gertrude Ederle

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Gertrude Caroline Ederle (October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. In 1926, she became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Gertrude Ederle was the daughter of German immigrants. According to a biography of Ederle, America's Girl, her father, Henry, ran a butcher shop on Amsterdam Avenue in ... more »

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  • ''To me, the sea is like a person—like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there.''
    Gertrude Ederle (b. 1906), U.S. swimmer. New York Post (Sept. 5, 1956). Remark made 30 years after becoming the first woman to swim the English Ch...
  • ''When we're in the water, we're not in this world.''
    Gertrude Ederle (b. 1906), U.S. swimmer. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 16 (May 1977). Ederle was the fifth person, and the first woman, to...
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