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Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

Gertrude Ederle was born in New York City on October 23, 1905. She was a champion swimmer by her late teen years, and she competed in the 1924 Olympics. In 1926, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel; her record-breaking achievement brought her a period of fame and acclaim. In her private later life, she taught swimming at a school for deaf children. She died at the age of 98.

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