Gertrude Ederle： Swims The English Channel In Record Time
The choppy waters that separate France from England are icy-cold， crisscrossed with powerful currents and subject to sudden squalls. By 1926， hundreds of people had tried to swim the English Channel， but only five had been successful——all of them men. Then Gertrude Ederle， a native New Yorker， donned her swimming cap， slathered herself with petroleum jelly and lard and jumped in the water off the coast of France. It took her 14 hours and 31 minutes to cover the 21 miles to Kingsdown on the English coast， shattering the men's record by nearly two hours. Ederle's record remained untouched for nearly 25 years.