The swimmer Gertrude Ederle died at the age of 98. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
1924 swimming Olympian who became the first woman to conquer the English Channel two years later.
She was born in New York City, one of five children of Henry and Anna Ederle, German immigrants who ran a butcher shop in Manhattan.
“To me, the sea is like a person – like a child that I’ve known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea, I talk to it. I never feel alone when I’m out there.” (Gertrude Ederle)
“I am not a person who reaches for the moon as long as I have the stars.” (Gertrude Ederle)
“The doctors told me my hearing would get worse if I continued swimming, but I loved the water so much, I just couldn’t stop.” (Gertrude Ederle)
“Oh, I eat whatever I want whenever I want it.” (Gertrude Ederle)
“Of course one can’t eat in a civilized fashion while touring in theatres. But I still manage to get my three meals a day. I find that is sufficient for training.” (Gertrude Ederle)