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Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmerby Lynne Cox
The first to swim the Strait of Magellan, the Bering Strait, and the Cape of Good Hope, Lynne Cox, from the age of fourteen, began forcing the world's best long-distance swimmers to reconsider what might be possible in the water. Dive in and brace yourself for a thrilling athletic adventure.
Synopses & Reviews
Lynne Cox trained hard from age nine, working with an Olympic coach, swimming five to twelve miles each day in the Pacific. At age eleven, she swam even when hail made the water "like cold tapioca pudding" and was told she would one day swim the English Channel. Four years later (not yet out of high school) she broke the men's and women's world records for the Channel swim. In 1987, she swam the Bering Strait from America to the Soviet Union; a feat that, according to Gorbachev, helped diminish tensions between Russia and the United States.
Lynne Cox's relationship with the water is almost mystical: she describes swimming as flying, and remembers swimming at night through flocks of flying fish the size of mockingbirds, remembers being escorted by a pod of dolphins that came to her off New Zealand.
She has a photographic memory of her swims. She tells us how she conceived of, planned, and trained for each, and re-creates for us the experience of swimming (almost) unswimmable bodies of water, including her most recent astonishing one-mile swim to Antarctica in thirty-two-degree water without a wet suit. She tells us how, through training and by taking advantage of her naturally plump physique, she is able to create more heat in the water than she loses.
Lynne Cox has swum the Mediterranean, the three-mile Strait of Messina, under the ancient bridges of Kunning Lake, below the old summer palace of the emperor of China in Beijing. Breaking records no longer interests her. She writes about the ways in which these swims instead became vehicles for personal goals, how she sees herself as the lone swimmer among the waves, pitting her courage against the odds, drawn to dangerous places and treacherous waters that, since ancient times, have challenged sailors in ships.
"Even though readers know she survived to tell the tale, it's a thrilling, awesome and well-written story." Publishers Weekly
"An awesome study in immersion from long-distance swimmer Cox....An otherworldly existence brought hugely to life." Kirkus Reviews
"Her wide-eyed idealism may seem a little corny at first, but by the end we're rooting for her, wondering if brave and mostly solitary acts...don't bring us together after all." Booklist
"[Cox has] done things the rest of us only imagine — and she's written a book that helps us to imagine them with clarity and wonder." The Boston Globe
"More than the story of the greatest open-water swimmer, Swimming to Antarctica is a portrait of rare and relentless drive....Gripping." Sports Illustrated
"A tale of remarkable physical prowess and heart." Vogue
"Even a cursory read leaves one shivering for a warm towel." Entertainment Weekly
"A triumph of a positive outlook, hefty preparation, and raw courage." The Economist
Newly Illustrated with Photos and Maps Throughout. Here is the joyful, inspirational memoir of swimmer Lynne Cox. By age sixteen, she had broken all records for English Channel swims, so she set her goals even higher: She became the first to swim the Strait of Magellan, narrowly escaped a shark attack off the Cape of Good Hope, and was cheered across the twenty-mile Cook Strait of New Zealand by dolphins. Her daring eventually led her to the thirty-eight-degree waters of the Bering Strait, which she crossed in her usual outfit — just a swimsuit, cap, and goggles. She has even swum a mile in the iceberg-choked waters of the Antarctic. With a poet's eye for detail, Cox shares the beauty of her time in the water in this new classic of sports memoir.
A captivating memoir of one womanandrsquo;s attempt to complete Alaskaandrsquo;s legendary race, the Iditarod, led by her team of huskies with whom she forms a fascinating and inextricable bond and gains unique insights into canine behavior
Lynne Cox, adventurer and swimmer, author of Swimming to Antarctica (and#8220;grippingand#8221; and#8212;Sports Illustrated) and Grayson (and#8220;wondrous, and unforgettableand#8221; and#8212;Carl Hiaasen), gives us in South with the Sun a full-scale account of the explorerand#8217;s life and expeditions.
andldquo;This book is as autobiographical as it is biographical . . . a book that juxtaposes two adventurers, one with her own challenges still unfolding and the other with his position fixed in history . . . a book worthy of the centenary celebration of Amundsenandrsquo;s trek to the South Pole.andrdquo;andmdash;San Francisco Chronicle
Today the North and South Poles are home to research stations and film crews, but just a century ago they were forbidding lands seldom seen by human eyes. Those who journeyed there were the last true explorers, and one of the most successful ever was Roald Amundsen. Known as andldquo;the last of the Vikings,andrdquo; the Norwegian-born Amundsen began his career of adventure at age fifteen and by forty had become the first man to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage, and to reach both the North and South Poles.
As a girl, Lynne Cox read of Amundsenandrsquo;s exploits, which inspired her to follow her own adventurous dreams of open-water swimming. Here, she gives an account of Amundsenandrsquo;s life and expeditions while detailing her own experiences swimming (without a wetsuit) in the same polar regions he first explored. At once a biography, history, and memoir, South with the Sun holds something for any lover of adventure.
andldquo;Not to miss . . . It's fascinating to read about the Norwegian hardman through the eyes of Cox.andrdquo;andmdash;Outside
A captivating memoir of one womanandrsquo;s attempt to finish the Iditarod, led by her team of spunky huskies with whom she shares a fascinating and inextricable bond
At age forty-seven, a mother of two, Debbie Moderow was not your average musher in the Iditarod, but thatandrsquo;s where she found herself when, less thanand#160;200 miles from the finish line, her dogs decided they didnandrsquo;t want to run anymore. After all her preparation, after all the careful management of her team, and after their running so well for over a week, the huskies balked. But the sting of not completing the race after coming so far was nothing compared to the disappointment Moderow felt in having lost touch with her dogs.and#160;
Fast into the Night is the gripping story of Moderowandrsquo;s journeys along the Iditarod trail with her team of spunky huskies: Taiga and Su, Piney and Creek, Nacho and Zeppy, Juliet and the headstrong leader, Kanga. The first failed attempt crushed Moderowandrsquo;s confidence, but after reconnecting with her dogs she returned and ventured again to Nome, pushing through injuries,and#160; hallucinations, epic storms, flipped sleds, and clashing personalities, both human and canine. And she prevailed.and#160;
Part adventure, part love story, part inquiry into the mystery of the connection between humans and dogs, Fast into the Night is an exquisitely written memoir of a woman, her dogs, and what can happen when someone puts herself in that place between daring and doubtandmdash;and soldiers on.
About the Author
Lynne Cox has set records all over the world for open-water swimming. She was named Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2000, honored with a lifetime achievement award from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and worked for six years as a research librarian in Orange County. She lives in Los Alamitos, California.
Table of Contents
Prologue: A Cold Day in August 1
Leaving Home 14
Open Water 27
Twenty-six Miles Across the Sea 40
English Channel 57
White Cliffs of Dover 69
Invitation to Egypt 102
Lost in the Fog 124
Cook Strait, New Zealand 134
Human Research Subject 146
The Strait of Magellan 160
Around the Cape of Good Hope 177
Around the World in Eighty Days 194
Glacier Bay 204
Facing the Bomb 224
The A-Team 234
Across the Bering Strait 282
Siberia's Gold Medal 307
Swimming to Antarctica 314
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