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Gertrude Ederle

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BC: Works Cited : Grawburg, Melissa. "A Look at Gertrude Ederle." "Gertrude Ederle Biography."

FC: Gertrude Ederle Kattie Gill

1: Let's get the Big Cheese on Gertrude Ederle! A 1920's Celebrity

3: Gertrude's Early Life: Gertrude Ederle was the daughter of a German immigrant family. Her father was a butcher and her mother took care of six children. Gertrude's mother is the one who taught her how to swim. She took Gertrude and her other kids to a swimiming exhibition and that's where Gertrude decide that she wanted to become a swimmer.

4: Gertrudes Accomplishments: At the age of 12, she was the youngest person to break a world record, with a time of 13 minutes and 19 seconds for her 800 yard freestyle record. At the age of 14, Gertrude defeated 51 other women in a 3 mile and 1/2 mile international race from Manhattan Beach to Brighton Beach. By the age of 17, she held 18 world swimming records and was a member of the United States Olympic swim team.

5: In the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, she won a gold and two bronze medals. The next year, Gertrude swam the 21 mile distance. It took her 7 hours and 11 minutes, bettering the men's record.

6: Gertrude is famously known for swimming the English Channel. At the age of 19, it took her two attempts to swim it. She had to quit the first time because a wave engulfed her, which made her stop to spit out the salt water. Her trainer thought she was drowning so she called someone to get her, causing her to be disqualified.

7: But that didn't stop Ederle, she was determined to swim the entire English Channel. So she attempted to swim it again. She began her swim at 7:08 A.M. on the morning of August 6, 1926. At 9:35 P.M she completed her swim, becoming the first woman to swim across the English Channel successfully.

8: Importance to the 1920's: Gertrude Ederle will always be remembered for her swim in the English Channel in 1926. Her time of 14 hours and 39 minutes for the 35-mile distance broke the previous record and stood as the women's record for 35 years. She prove that women were just as good athletes as men. Her record-breaking times gave proof that with determination and hard work women can overcome goals that seem impossible.

9: "People said women couldn't swim the Channel but I proved they could" -Ederle

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