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This is the story of Lynne Cox, a swimmer of extraordinary strengths and achievements. She humorously refers to her success as being due to her 36% body fat, which gives her natural bouyancy and protects her internal organs from cooling down.

At age 15, she beat the men and women's record for swimming the English Channel. Pretty good for the 'fat' girl in school! She continued to beat records or make new records by swimming in open water where no one else has ever swum before. She performed one of the first acts of glasnost, by swimming from Alaska across the Berring sea to Russia! She made most of her swims without the corporate sponsorship that many atheletes require for training and even to travel to swim locations.

Her greatest achievement was to swim 1 mile in the open sea of Antarctica!   And she has done all her swims around the world in a regular swimsuit, a bathing cap, and goggles. Nor does she use shark cages and the like when swimming.
This report prepared by Cousette Copeland








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Plot & Themes

Exploring/Searching...    -   north/sole pole Outdoors story    -   Yes Exploring:    -   water adventure Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   sports figure Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean    -   South Pole Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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