The Great Swim

A great read about the race to become the first woman to swim the English Channel, THE GREAT SWIM costars Mille Gade, 2nd to swim the channel (and to circle Manhattan). And then there are the touching bits.

512zC3AHGbL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The English Channel is the closest thing we have to a Mt. Everest of marathon swims, contrarians notwithstanding. I recently finished The Great Swim, a book about the summer of 1926, when four American women went to Europe, all wanting to become the first female to conquer their Everest. It’s a fascinating story well-told. The author, Gavin Mortimer, also writes of the aftermath–how being first nearly destroyed the life of the young and unworldly Gertrude Ederle.

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Why Does Diana Make Stuff Up?

Diana Nyad wants fortune, fame, and adoration. To ensure acquisition thereof, she exaggerates and lies.

Early in her career, Nyad was more candid than she is now about her career goals. From a 1975 interview:

I would not deny that the day to day motivations are fame and fortune…. I want very much to be recognized.

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Everybody’s Doin’ It

Diana Nyad says that everyone who’s anyone has tried to swim the Florida Strait. Is that true?

From the Brink of Midnight podcast, #9:

All the great swimmers of the ocean have tried [to swim from Cuba to Florida]—male, female, young, strong, fast…. [28:05]

Complete nonsense.

So how many have attempted the swim? Besides Nyad herself, I count five:

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