People: Oct. 6, 1967

Channel swimming makes no special splash these days, so Australia's Linda McGill, 21, showed up in France with a new gimmick. A free-spirited Olympic swimmer who was banned from competition after riding a bike into the Japanese Imperial moat, Linda announced that she would tame the Channel clad only in goggles and bear grease. When the Channel Swimming Association frosted the idea, Linda added a red one-piecer to her attire and plunged in. She lost her goggles three-quarters of the way to England, then stumbled on the rocks at the finish and badly...

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