Gertrude Ederle - Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree

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Country: USA

Year of Induction: 1963

Classification: Swimmer

[edit] Biography

Gertrude was once the world’s most celebrated woman for becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel in 14 hours and 31 minutes in 1926. When Gertrude returned to New York City, an estimated two million New Yorkers lined the sidewalks on August 27, 1926, to heap their applause and tons of confetti on her. She toured America after her Channel record, demonstrating her freestyle in a specially built swimming tank and made cameo appearances at Billy Rose's Aquacade at the New York World's Fair in 1939.

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