Gertrude Ederle
by: Caroline Dewees

Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle is famous for being an amazing swimmer, and never giving up. Gertrude swam twenty three miles across the English Channel. The first time she attempted to swim across it on August 18th, 1925 she only made it halfway through, but she never gave up and tried again. Her second time on August 6th that same year, she swam across it and beat the record for the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Gertrude also swam more than seventeen miles from lower Manhattan, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and in the Olympics and won many medals.

This is a picture book about Gertrude Ederle.

Gertrude Ederle was born October 23, 1906. When she was seven she fell into a pond and nearly drowned. After that her dad taught her to swim and she became very good at it. When she was thirteen, she joined her local swim team and won her first big race. When she was fourteen, she attempted to swim more than seventeen miles from lower Manhattan, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. She completed it in seven hours, and she beat the men's record . In 1924, she went to the Olympics and won three gold medals. On August 18th, 1925 Trudy attempted to swim across the English Channel, but she got tired halfway through and never finished. That didn't stop her, she wanted to try again. On Friday August 6th, she attempted to swim it again and she completed it, and beat the record for the first woman to swim across the English Channel. After her swim President Calvin Coolidge called Gertrude America's best girl. Gertrude had became the beacon of strength young girls and women everywhere.

Photo of person / Primary source - Gertrude swimming the English Channel.

Gertrude Ederle was born in New York on October 23, 1906. Every summer when she was little she would go down to Highlands, New Jersey where her family owned a small cottage. The first time she ever swam was in a pond by her cottage. Gertrude's sister was playing with her friends in the water. Getrude wanted to play to so she got into the water and nearly drowned. Her dad, Henry J. Ederle was a German butcher, and he taught Gertrude to swim when she was seven. Gertrude's mom, Gertrude Ederle was a housewife. Gertrude also has an older sister named Margaret Ederle. After Gertrude's dad taught her to swim she became very good, better than her sister and friends. Gertrude would always practice her strokes in the pond. She loved being in the water. At age thirteen Gertrude joined her local swim team and won her first big race. When she was fourteen, she attempted to swim more than seventeen miles from lower Manhattan, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. She completed it in seven hours, and she beat the men's record. Then in 1924 she went to the Olympics and won many medals. Her team won more points than all the countries combined. On August 18th, 1925 Trudy attempted to swim across the English Channel, but she got tired halfway through and never finished. That didn't stop her, she wanted to try again. On Friday August 6th, she attempted to swim it again and she completed it, and beat the record for the first woman to swim across the English Channel.


Gertrude was born in the US in New York City, New York.

Primary source - Gertrude's goggles she always would swim with.
Primary Scorce - Gertrude's Grave after she died.

This is a picture of Gertrude's grave after she died November 30, 2003. Gertrude was deaf for most of her life after she swam the English Channel, because of the loud, cold water. So,she decided to teach deaf kids how to swim. Gertrude never married, and lived alone. Then at the age of 98 Gertrude died of natural causes. She was Buried at the Woodland Cemetery in New York.

Gertrude Ederle was very successful and never gave up. When Gertrude was thirteen she swam for her local swim team, and won her first big race. A year later she attempted to swim more than seventeen miles from lower Manhattan, to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. She completed it in seven hours, and she beat the men's record. After that swim Gertrude decided to try out in the Olympics, she made it and won many medals. Then she decided to try swimming the English Channel. Her first attempt to swim the English Channel she, got too tired halfway through and never got to finish, but she never gave up and tried again. The second time she finished and beat the record for the first woman to swim across the channel. Once gertrude got older she was became deaf from swimming in cold, rough, water, so she retired from swimming professionally and taught deaf kids how to swim. Then, in 2003, gertrude died. She Accomplished many things with very few obstacles.

1. Gertrude was part German, because her parents were German immigrants.
2.When she became a teenager she left school to become a swimmer.
3. Gertrude's record for swimming the channel was not broken until, 1950.

- Gertrude Ederle

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