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America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederleby David A. Adler, Terry Widener (Illustrator)
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
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 11 X 9. Full-color illustrations
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America's Champion Swimmer
By David A. Adler Gulliver Books
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Trudy wore a red bathing cap and a two-piece bathing suit and goggles that she and her sister had designed. To protect her from the icy water, Margaret coated Trudy with lanolin and heavy grease. The greasing took a long time--too long for Trudy. "For heaven's sake," she complained. "Let's get started."
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DAVID ADLER has written more than a hundred books, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and Mama Played Baseball. He lives on Long Island, New York.
TERRY WIDENER 's work has been featured in Esquire, Harper's, Sports Illustrated, and on the cover of Time. He's also illustrated several books for children, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. He lives in McKinney, Texas.
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