Trudy Ederle crossed English Channel today in 1926

6 Aug

Gertrude Ederle

 

Hello SK fans, and welcome to the 88th anniversary of the first woman to swim the English Channel. That would be Gertrude Ederle, a New Yorker, who learned to swim only a few years earlier and had already earned an Olympic Gold medal and a World Record. Not bad for a 15 year old.

 

When she returned from her record-breaking swim from England to France, she was greeted with a ticker-tape parade down Broadway. Hard of hearing since contracting measles as a child, Gertrude, aka Trudy, became essentially fully deaf in adulthood. She then became a swimming instructor to deaf children. She lived until she was 98 years old.

 

For the record, as a cat, I do not do much swimming, In fact, I only like water when it’s in my water bowl. Regardless, I have tremendous respect for Trudy for taking such a plunge.

Thanks for tuning in, xo, LMA

 

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2 Responses to “Trudy Ederle crossed English Channel today in 1926”

  1. LB August 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I always enjoy reading about incredible women in history. Thanks!

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