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Bering Strait

Who Will Ever Cross The Bering Strait Again?

In a Los Angeles Times article on August 9th 1987, Rich Roberts quoted Joseph Coplan after the Lynne Cox's unprecedented 2 hour 5 minute crossing of the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in the USA to Big Diomede Island in Russia [read here].

"Nobody else will ever do this [crossing]," said project director Coplan in 1987. "Not in a hundred years. She's the only one."

US endurance swimmer Lynne Cox swam the frigid waters of the Bering Strait into warm Soviet embrace

It was the shortest slog in endurance swimmer Lynne Cox’s 16-year career, at just 3.75km, but her arrival on bleak, inhospitable Big Diomede Island 30 years ago won global acclaim.

With every stroke across the chill waters of Bering Strait on August 7, 1987, Cox helped thaw the US-Soviet Cold War.

Her two-hour crossing from US Little Diomede Island to Soviet Big Diomede had been in planning for 11 years, and even as she ploughed through fog in 6C degree waters, Cox was not sure she would be permitted to step onto Soviet territory.