“When working on something that's never been done before I've learned that "no" often means "not yet.”

Lynne Cox (1957 -)
Few people have shattered as many world-records and pioneered as many humanitarian and intrepid swims as Lynne. At age 15 and 16 she swam the English Channel and shattered world records two years running. Lynne is the first woman to swim across the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. She is also the first person to swim the Strait of Magellan, to swim between three of the Aleutian Islands; to swim across Lake Baikal (she has a cape in Russia named after her); the first person to swim the Bering Strait; to swim the Beagle Channel between Argentine and Chile; and to complete a 1.2 mile swim in Antarctica. Lynne is in the Swimming Hall of Fame (2000) and is the best-selling author of Swimming to Antarctica, Grayson, and South With the Sun.