Tag: Gertrude Ederle

A Rare and Remarkable Letter from Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Ederle to Julie Ridge “Good Sportsmanship is Greater Than Victory!”

On August 6, 1926, Gertrude Caroline Ederle, aged 19, became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. On Sept. 10, 1982, 56 years later, 25-year-old Julie Ridge swam the channel. Julie Ridge shared with us a significant piece of swimming history - a letter from Gertrude Ederle before her English Channel swim. In this letter, Ederle

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The Roaring 20’s Of Open Water Swimming

The Roaring 20's Of Open Water Swimming Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The Roaring 20’s of the 20th century were an iconic period in U.S. and Western European history. There was a relatively booming economy, especially in the aftermath of World War I, where cars, telephones, movies, radio, and electrical appliances like washing machine

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