Swimming To Antarctica [downloadable Ebook]

Swimming To Antarctica [downloadable Ebook]



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Summary: At age fourteen, she swam twenty-six miles from Catalina Island to the California mainland. At ages fifteen and sixteen, she broke the men's and women's world records for swimming the English Channel-a thirty-three-mile crossing in nine hours, thirty-six minutes. At eighteen, she swam the twenty-mile Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand, was caught on a massive swell, found herself after five hours farther from the finish than when she started, and still completed the swim. She was the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, the most treacherous three-mile stretch of water in the world. The first to swim the Bering Strait-the channel that forms the boundary line between the United States and Russia-from Alaska to Siberia, thereby opening the U.S.-Soviet border for the first time in forty-eight years, swimming in thirty-eight-degree water in four-foot waves without a shark cage, wet suit, or lanolin grease. The first to swim the Cape of Good Hope (a shark emerged...  more »

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Edition Statement :

1st ed.

Content :

A cold day in August -- Beginnings -- Leaving home -- Open water -- Twenty-six miles across the sea -- English channel -- White cliffs of Dover -- Homecoming -- Invitation to Egypt -- Lost in the fog -- Cook Strait, New Zealand -- Human research subject -- The Strait of Magellan -- Around the Cape of Good Hope -- Around the world in eighty days -- Glacier bay -- Facing the bomb -- The A-team -- Mind-blowing -- Debate -- Across the Bering Strait -- Success -- Siberia's gold medal -- Swimming to Antarctica.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York : A.A. Knopf, 2004.



Physical Description :

283 p.

Notes :
  • Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2009. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1924 KB).
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