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Gertrude Caroline EderleGertrude Caroline Ederle learned to swim at an early age, and broke the 800-yard freestyle record at age 12. She went on to set a record for swimming from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, and another for swimming across the English Channel.
Mark Andrew SpitzMark Andrew Spitz held 10 world swimming records at the age of 18 but "only managed" to win two team gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He made a major rebound at the 1972 Olympics, winning an unprecedented 7 gold medals, a record for most gold medals in a single Olympics that stood for thirty years.
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