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 Gertrude Ederle

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Gertrude Ederle Famous memorial

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
30 Nov 2003 (aged 98)
Wyckoff, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Burial
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Memorial ID
8142767 View Source

Olympic Games Gold Medal Athlete. Although she won three medals (one gold and two bronze) at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France, she is best known for being the first woman to swim the English Channel, completing the swim the from Cape Griz-Nez, France to Kingsdown, England on August 6, 1926 in 14 hours and 30 minutes, besting the previous record by almost two hours. Previously, she had held the world records in the 880 and 440-yard freestyle swims and had earned her three medals in the 1924 Olympics as a member od the United States Women's Swimming team. After her Channel swim, she toured the world for years giving exhibitions and staged a spectacular comeback from a 1933 spinal injury to swim at the 1939 World's Fair. She retired in the 1940s after losing most of her hearing from a case of childhood measles. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965.

Olympic Games Gold Medal Athlete. Although she won three medals (one gold and two bronze) at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, France, she is best known for being the first woman to swim the English Channel, completing the swim the from Cape Griz-Nez, France to Kingsdown, England on August 6, 1926 in 14 hours and 30 minutes, besting the previous record by almost two hours. Previously, she had held the world records in the 880 and 440-yard freestyle swims and had earned her three medals in the 1924 Olympics as a member od the United States Women's Swimming team. After her Channel swim, she toured the world for years giving exhibitions and staged a spectacular comeback from a 1933 spinal injury to swim at the 1939 World's Fair. She retired in the 1940s after losing most of her hearing from a case of childhood measles. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Stuthehistoryguy
  • Added: 30 Nov 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 8142767
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8142767/gertrude-ederle: accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude Ederle (23 Oct 1905–30 Nov 2003), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8142767, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .