Lynne Cox is an American extreme open water swimmer, motivational speaker and writer from Seal Beach, California. She was inducted in both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer. The asteroid 37588 Lynnecox was named in her honor.
Her first book about the experience of swimming in Antarctica was described in Swimming to Antarctica published in 2004. Her second book, Grayson, details her encounter with a lost baby gray whale during an early morning workout off the coast of California. It was published in 2006. The third book South with the Sun was published in 2011 and is about Roald Amundsen, the polar explorer who was the first to reach the South Pole (in 1911). The book honors the 100th anniversary of his triumph. Her fourth book is entitled The Day the Whale Came”. Her fifth book is a very well-received how-to open water swimming guidebook called Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers. Her sixth book is entitled Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart.