Gertrude Ederle was born October 23, 1905 in New York City. When Gertrude was a young girl she always had a passion for swimming. She learned how to swim in local pools and the New Jersey beach. Where her family went on warm summer days. She was a very good swimmer. She joined a full grown woman's league at age of 16 and her first race she swam she won and beat all the other women.When Gertrude turned 19, she went to the Olympic Games In Paris in 1924. Her and her team won three medals in team swimming. Gertrude went on to hold 29 world records in swimming through 1921-1925. Later after the Olympics she was the first lady to ever swim the English Channel. She swam those 21 miles in 14 hours and 21 minutes and beat the time of the past 5 guys that were successful. Her record was not broken until 1950.
Impact and more
Gertrude was just as big as a character in the 1920’s as Babe Ruth. She was really a woman who broke out woman sports. That's how she will be remembered always. Gertrude after the 1920’s lived a quiet life she never married and lived life with her friends tell she died at age 98 in 2003.
This is her team in the Olympics games in 1924 when they won three medals.
This is after she set the record for the English channel swim in 1926 and everybody threw a parade.
The Channel Swim
This is her in the middle of the English channel.
How old was she win she won her first race?