Overflow from Diana’s GREAT Surprise, part 3
- Ederle respected the rules and traditions of marathon swimming, particularly the prohibition against touching the boat or another person. Nyad did/does not.
- Ederle: During her first English Channel attempt, someone “touched her [and] the swim was over.” [Stout, p. 198]
- Nyad (after her Cuba-Florida crossing): “I never of course touched a boat or another person” (9/6/13) morphed within days to “I was touched” (9/11/13), with no consequent change in the results.
- Ederle never claimed to be humble, but she was; Nyad claimed to be humble, but she’s not.
- Ederle: From an August 1925 Tampa Bay Tribune article about the then 19-year-old Ederle, just before her first English Channel attempt: “The American swimmer says she is in the best condition she ever has attained and she is brimfull of confidence.”
- From a 1978 PBS interview with the then 29-year-old Nyad, just after her first Cuba-Florida attempt: “…[S]tanding on the Cuba coast about to set off, …I was in the best physical shape of anybody on the face of the earth….” [11:36]
Gertrude Ederle is a ground-breaking, history-making athlete; a genuine role model; and a true hero.
[Ederle] was not bitter about her fate but in many ways seemed glad to be forgotten. She was well aware of her role as a pioneer,…secure in the knowledge that as a nineteen-year-old young woman—swimming the Channel because others didn’t think she could, because they’d tried to stop her once before, to make her family and her country proud, and to get that red roadster—that she had done far, far more than swim the Channel. [Stout, p. 312]