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Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer by Lynne Cox
In Swimming to Antarctica, Lynne Cox tells of her love of the long-distance swim, and the more challenging the better. At age 15, she broke the men's and women's records for swimming across the English Channel. She swam the Cook Strait between the main islands of New Zealand and the Magellan Strait. Pushing herself to the extreme, she was the first person to swim across the Bering Strait in near freezing water, and then took a mile swim in 32-degree water in Antarctica without a wet suit, braving injury, hypothermia, and death. Her memoir tells of her personal goals and inner drive, and how she learned through training and her plump physique to generate the internal heat necessary for her extreme swims. Swimming to Antarctica has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "This is one spectacular book about one remarkable life. Read it and you will never look at swimming the same way again."