Lynne Cox is an American long-distance open-water swimmer, motivational speaker, and author. Over the course of more than 35 years, spanning a period equal to 8 Olympic Games, Lynne accomplished swims setting world records and opening borders, contributed to medical research, supported environmental causes, and inspired people to overcome great obstacles. She is best known for her swim across the Bering Strait from the United States to the Soviet Union 7 August 1987. She twice held the overall record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel from England to France and has completed over 60 challenging swims around the world.
Lynne is a gifted speaker, sharing her inspirational story around the world. She motivates audiences by describing how one can overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve great things. Lynne’s books have documented her extraordinary athletic accomplishments (Swimming to Antarctica), chronicled her inspiring adventure saving a baby grey whale (Grayson), documented the world of exploration (South with the Sun), and shared her 40-years of expertise with her fellow athletes (Open Water Swimming Manual). Her most-recent book (Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas) is for children. Her sixth book (Swimming in the Sink) will be published on September 6, 2016, telling more of Lynne’s inspirational stories.