- Dec 17, 2016
The first woman to cross the English channel is Gertrude Ederle. She is an American swimmer and Olympic champion. She also used to hold 5 records in swimming. But her immortality came from her feat in swimming alone to be the first woman to cross the English Channel. Now there are more than 2,000 swimmers who have crossed that Atlantic divide but Ederle’s name will remain in history.