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The Unsinkable Lynne Cox

Swimming in the Sink is the fascinating true story of the accomplishments and life challenges of author and open water swim athlete, Lynne Cox. Cox, has broken many records such as swimming across the English Channel at age fifteen, being the first woman to cross the eighteen mile Cook Strait, as well as swimming in various frigid locales such as the thirty-two degree Antarctic Ocean. That last achievement she completed without the aid of a wetsuit and her swim lasted twenty-five minutes!

Her ability to withstand watery conditions that would cause most other humans to experience a life threatening hypothermic event, brought her to the attention of scientists at the University of London, with Cox sitting in a laboratory, her hand immersed in ice water and probes attached to various parts of her body.

This isn't only an account of the daredevil adventures of a cold water super swimmer, it is also the story of the very personal struggles she faces in the forms of a series of rapid losses, first of her parents and then of a much loved canine companion.It is also about illness, since Cox herself is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, which threatens her passion for swimming, her self image, and indeed her very life.

This is a fine narrative of the human journey with all it's component elements of triumph, loss, redemption and love.

 



The Unsinkable Lynne Cox

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Swimming in the Sink is the fascinating true story of the accomplishments and life challenges of author and open water swim athlete, Lynne Cox. Cox, has broken many records such as swimming across the English Channel at age fifteen, being the first woman to cross the eighteen mile Cook Strait, as well as swimming in various frigid locales such as the thirty-two degree Antarctic Ocean. That last achievement she completed without the aid of a wetsuit and her swim lasted twenty-five minutes!

Her ability to withstand watery conditions that would cause most other humans to experience a life threatening hypothermic event, brought her to the attention of scientists at the University of London, with Cox sitting in a laboratory, her hand immersed in ice water and probes attached to various parts of her body.

This isn't only an account of the daredevil adventures of a cold water super swimmer, it is also the story of the very personal struggles she faces in the forms of a series of rapid losses, first of her parents and then of a much loved canine companion.It is also about illness, since Cox herself is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, which threatens her passion for swimming, her self image, and indeed her very life.

This is a fine narrative of the human journey with all it's component elements of triumph, loss, redemption and love.

 

Posted by Teresa Rakowsky at 04/09/2017 02:26:23 PM