Gertrude Ederle

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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 Channel.
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  • ''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 swim across the English Channel.

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