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America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

Trudy Ederle loved to swim, and she was determined to be the best. At seventeen, Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. But what she planned to do next had never been done by a woman: she would swim across the English Channel. Only five men had done it, and many people thought it was impossible for a woman. And on the day she was set to swim, the Channel was so rough that she had to swim 35 miles instead of the 21 miles straight across. Still, she finished her swim in fourteen hours and 39 minutes — almost two hours faster than the fastest male swimmer — setting a world record!

This uplifting picture book celebrates a trailblazer for women in sports who refused to be told what she couldn't do! For more stories of girls and women in sports, visit A Mighty Girl's Sports & Games section.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author David A. Adler
Illustrator Terry Widener
ISBN 0152052518
Publication Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Sandpiper
Language English