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Gertrude Ederle
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Nickname(s) "Trudy", "Gertie", "Queen of the Waves"
Born (1905-10-23)October 23, 1905
Manhattan, New York City, US
Died November 30, 2003(2003-11-30) (aged 98)
Wyckoff, New Jersey, US
Height 5 ft 5 in
Weight 141 lb
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Women's Swimming Association

Gertrude Caroline Ederle ( ED-ər-LEE-,_-AYD--; October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in five events. On August 6, 1926, she became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Among other nicknames, the press sometimes called her "Queen of the Waves."

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