Full name Gertrude Jacobs Ederle
Nickname(s) "Trudy", "Gertie", "Queen of the Waves"
Born October 23, 1906
New York City, U.S.
Died November 30, 2003 (aged 97)
Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg)
Olympic Gold Medalist
Gertrude Caroline Ederle was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and world record-holder in five events. On August 6, 1926, she became the first women to swim the English Channel! Her family summered in Highlands, N J where she trained in the strong tides.