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Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a…

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer (2004)

by Lynne Cox

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I normally don't go for the inspirational books, let alone the sports memoirs. Lynne Cox is the exception to all of this. Her book is soft spoken, determined, and truly inspirational. The book isn't preaching, nor is it a hearty pat on the back in any way. She acknowledges how difficult all that she did was, and she is thankful every step of the way to those who helped her do it.

Lynne Cox is truly one of the most incredible people I've ever had the joy of reading about. She achieved more in her life than just about anyone else I've read. They should be teaching about this woman in schools. What hope, and what stubborn determination. If everyone had her drive - well, this world would be a far better place.

My hat's off to Ms. Cox. She's certainly inspired me. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Born into a family of competitive swimmers, Cox was not built for speed. Instead she forged a fascinating life for herself as a world-class open-water swimmer. I will NEVER forget the description of her swimming in third-world bodies of water! No spoilers—you just have to read it. ( )
  LaurelPoe | Dec 25, 2017 |
The author is a good writer. The attitude throughout the book is positive, stories are motivating and inspiring. The change of goals in the last third of the book towards being an ambassador of goodwill adds interest and shows that real people often modify their focus after their initial goal has been reached.

The description of dolphin behavior in the New Zealand swim is detailed and better than most descriptions of their behavior in more scientific publications.

My rating would have been slightly higher if the author had finished the side-story of her friend, the young Egyptian athlete, after bringing it into the story and following it for a while.

This book is a good choice for athletes and all who are looking for a way to make a difference or just to find their strengths and develop them to a follow a path forward in life.
  billsearth | Jan 27, 2017 |
Truly stranger than fiction. And beautiful. The only human being that could swim unprotected in Antarctica and survive. But her personal courage (and astonishing accomplishments) in the years leading up to that - is absolutely riveting. ( )
1 vote mobius111 | Feb 23, 2016 |
This is worth reading for many reasons (the writing isn't a 5, but it's not bad). I am still amazed at what Lynne Cox accomplished with her swimming and for her part in helping end the cold war between the US & former USSR. ( )
  Karin7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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Just about every other person in the world seems like an unfocused dilettante compared to long-distance swimming legend Lynne Cox. Soon At the age of 14, after several years of training hard in pools and the open sea, she was swimming the 26 mile stretch from Catalina Island to the coast of California. A year after that, she surpassed a lifelong goal by not only swimming the English Channel but setting a new men's and women's record in the process. Rather than be satisfied, Cox aimed still higher, conquering the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Strait of Magellan and, the Cape of Good Hope, none of which had been swum before. Being the first to swim the Bering Sea from Alaska to what was then the Soviet Union is perhaps Cox's most impressive achievement, requiring a phenomenal amount of physical strength and endurance to withstand the chilly waters and diplomatic persistence to gain permission from Gorbachev during the Cold War. Swimming to Antarctica is Cox's remarkably detailed account of her major swims and all that went right and wrong with them. While there are plenty of highs, as one might expect in a memoir by so impressive an athlete, all is not sunshine and roses for Cox. She overcomes extreme physical hardship, predatory sharks, and a swim through a sewage-soaked Nile while suffering from dysentery. There is plenty in Swimming to Antarctica to encourage even non-swimmers to work hard to achieve the seemingly impossible, but Cox, a skilled and highly readable writer, sticks to the swimming, leading the reader by example. For thrills and inspiration, it's hard to find anyone better than Lynne Cox. --John Moe

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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.… (more)

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