Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-distance Swimmer

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Harcourt, 2005 - 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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Review: Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I was frankly shocked at how much I liked this book. I just really like endurance sports and I loved that Cox was such a female trailblazer. Good, readable writing. It was one of those books that I was telling everyone about. Recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - Mjtg - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to - until she made her swim around The Cape of Good Hope in Africa. She writes well, which I'm a little embarrassed to admit, surprised me. What I didn't ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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