Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-distance Swimmer

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Harcourt, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 359 pages
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Now in paperback, with photos and maps added especially for this new edition, here is the acclaimed life story of a woman whose drive and determination inspire everyone she touches.

Lynne Cox started swimming almost as soon as she could walk. By age sixteen, she had broken all records for swimming the English Channel. Her daring eventually led her to the Bering Strait, where she swam five miles in thirty-eight-degree water in just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. In between those accomplishments, she became the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, narrowly escaped a shark attack off the Cape of Good Hope, and was cheered across the twenty-mile Cook Strait of New Zealand by dolphins. She even swam a mile in the Antarctic.

Lynne writes the same way she swims, with indefatigable spirit and joy, and shares the beauty of her time in the water with a poet's eye for detail. She has accomplished yet another feat--writing a new classic of sports memoir.

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Cox is only a so-so writer. - Goodreads
However, the writing does bring it down a notch. - Goodreads
The only barrier for me was the actual writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Peter Rock - Goodreads

3.5. I mean, you cannot contend with Lynne Cox as a swimmer; her feats are historic, epic, crazy. But the structure of the book is a little tired--each chapter takes up another swim, more or less, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

This was a terrifying, inspiring and amazing story. Given Ms. Cox's relative anonymity, I was ashamed to learn of the breadth and depth of this woman's accomplishments. What a courageous role-model ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

LYNNE COX has set records all over the world for open-water swimming. She was named Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2000, honored with a lifetime achievement award from the University of California--Santa Barbara, and worked for six years as a research librarian in Orange County. She lives in Los Alamitos, California.

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