A famous swimmer and author tried three times to swim the English Channel but failed. Who is she?
#110115. Asked by serpa. (Oct 24 09 3:16 PM)
The person is question was Annette Kellerman.
In 1904 Annette and her father travelled to England where she made headlines by swimming 26 miles of the River Thames. She swam the River Seine in a race, coming equal third against 17 men, and won a 22 mile race down the Danube. She attempted (and failed three times) to swim the English Channel.
As creator of the women's one-piece swimsuit, she influenced public attitudes toward the female body. She published books instructing women on beauty and physical fitness, and lectured on health and exercise throughout Europe and America. She was judged as 'the perfect woman' by Dr Dudley Sargent of Harvard University.
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