Lynne Cox is an extraordinary open water swimmer whose world records include being among the first teens to cross the Catalina Island channel in California, the fastest English Channel crossing (twice), the first person to swim the Strait of Magellan in Chile and Cape Point in Africa, and swimming more than one mile in Antarctica in an attempt that would kill most people. In addition to her swimming feats, Lynne has sought to be an ambassador for world peace and intercultural understanding. One of her best known accomplishments was swimming the Bering Strait from Alaska to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, which led to international attention and praise from both Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev. She has written three best-selling books, Swimming to Antarctica, Grayson, and South with The Sun, and her articles have appeared in The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times Magazines among other publications.
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