60 Years Ago Today, Ted Erikson Launched His Marathon Swimming Career

60 Years Ago Today, Ted Erikson Launched His Marathon Swimming Career

In every sport, there are key moments where people seem to do the impossible, events that catapult someone’s name into the history books. In marathon swimming, one such moment came 60 years ago, on August 22, 1961, on Lake Michigan” so writes Rebecca McPhee in ExplorersWeb here.

She continues, “The 60th anniversary of Ted Erikson’s remarkable swim across the lake gives us an opportunity to relive this landmark event and delve into the history of marathon swimming.”

Read her tribute about Erikson’s swim and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame career here. Photo of the 93-year-old Erikson who still swims in Lake Michigan by David Travis.

McPhee writes about Dr. Harry Briggs, Joe Griffiths, Skyllias & Hydna, Matthew Webb, Sarah Thomas, Gertrude Ederle, and Lynne Cox in her article.