Episode 1128: Lynne Cox On Her Cold War Swim Between The US And USSR
Our final fifth birthday interview is with Lynne Cox, the legendary open-water swimmer who in 1987 swam 2.7 miles through the freezing waters of the Bering Strait, from the island of Little Diomede in the United States to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union. This feat was recognised by then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as helping ease Cold War tensions at the time.
Lynne tells us why she decided to attempt the crossing, how she got permission from the Soviet authorities, and what is going through your mind after swimming for two hours in 2 degree water.
Ken, who himself has almost three hours of experience in open water crossings, also expounds on the state of mind of a swimmer in extreme situations. And Ken gives us a surprising and unplanned edition of Ken Early Sings!
Click the image at the top of the page to play the show. This interview is part of our 5th birthday Independent Thinkers series which is for members only. Our shows with Paul Kimmage, Ken Loach, Vincent Browne, Michael Cheika, Lynne and all our archive, are available if you become a member of the Second Captains World Service. Join us to support independent, member-led, commercial-free broadcasting. The Gang’s All Here.
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