birth date- October 23, 1906
death date- November 30, 2003
early influences- gertrude learned to swim at a young age with the help of her father Henry Ederle in Highlands, New Jersey where her family owned a summer cottage. In her early teenage years she was sponsored to swim the channel against Helen Wainwright. Helen Wainwright was pulled out of the competition at the last minute because of an injury.
Gertrude was trained by Jabez Wolffe who had tried to swim the channel 22 times. In the process of her training jabez constantly tried to tell gertrude to slow down because she would never make it going at that speed. gertrude's training with jabez did not go well.
In gertrude's first try at swimming the Channel on August 18, 1925, gertrude was disqualified. jabez made Ishak Helmy who was keeping her company in the water , to save her from the water. At her second try at swimming the channel she swam the whole 21 miles of water and became the first woman to swim the channel.
why is he/she significant- first american woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926.
quote- 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.
site abt person- http://www.notablebiographies.com/newsmakers2/2005-A-Fi/Ederle-Gertrude.html