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Gertrude Ederle First Women To Swim The English Channel

Gertrude Ederle was a swimmer. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel. Here are some cool facts about her!

– She tried to swim the English Channel first in 1925 but couldn’t finish because someone on the boat next to her touched her and that was considered to be breaking the rules

– To swim the channel, she had to coat herself in grease to help keep her warm from the cold water – She won a gold medal in the Olympics after just 2 years of swimming

– In 1925, when she was 19 she had already beat 29 world and U.S. records

– Her nickname was the “Queen of the Waves”

– She had a hearing problem since she was a child and eventually became deaf

– She taught swimming lessons at a school to children who were deaf

– On the boat next to her, she had chicken legs and oranges to eat

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