Lynne Cox: The Godmother of Endurance Swimming

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Lynne Cox, photo by Emmy Griffin

Lynne Cox is the godmother of endurance swimming. At age 15 Cox swam across the English Channel, shattering both the men’s and women’s records. She was the first to swim around the Cape of Good Hope,

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the first to swim across Russia’s Lake Baikal, the first woman to swim the Cook Straight between the North and South Island of New Zealand, and the first to swim across the Beagle Channel in the Straits of Magellan.

And if that isn’t enough, she swam 1.2 miles in Antarctica wearing only a bathing suit, cap and goggles.

Lynne Cox was named Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2000 and honored with a lifetime achievement award from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Author Lynne Cox

One of Cox’s most symbolic swims was in 1987 when she swam the Bering Sea between Alaska and the Soviet Union. Her feat was praised by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan as representative of the openness needed between the two countries.

In her latest book, OPEN WATER SWIMMING MANUAL, Cox focuses her decades-long experience and expertise into this definitive guide to swimming. She addresses what is needed to succeed at and enjoy open water swimming, including choosing the right bathing suit and sunscreen; surviving in dangerous weather conditions, currents, and waves; confronting various marine organisms; treating ailments, such as being stung or bitten, and much more. Lynne also offers motivational lectures and you can learn more about her at lynnecox.org.

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Lynne Cox will join The Edge Radio this week to talk about long distance swimming, endurance and her new book OPEN WATER SWIMMING MANUAL. You won’t want to miss this show.

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  1. What an amazing woman! I was hoping you were going to say Lynne Cox has written a memoir, as I’m not planning on doing any open-water swimming in the near future. I’m too scared of sharks. :) Still, it’s always inspiring to read about women who push the envelope of adventure. Thanks for sharing her story.

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