America's Champion Swimmer

Gertrude Ederle

By David A. Adler; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152019693, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2000

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Prebound

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Trudy Ederle loved to swim. And she was determined to be the best. At seventeen Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics, in Paris. By the time she turned nineteen, Trudy had set twenty-nine U.S. and world records. But what she planned to do next had never been done--by a woman. She would tackle the most difficult swim of all time: the twenty-one miles of cold, choppy water that separate England from France. Trudy's historic fourteen-hour swim across the English Channel set a world record. She defied those who said it couldn't be done. And with her courage and endurance, Trudy Ederle became a symbol for women everywhere.
•By the award-winning team that created Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
•Includes a historical author's note
•Features one of the most celebrated female athletes of the century

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