Get to Know the First Woman to Complete the World's Most Dangerous Swim
On Saturday, New Zealander Kim Chambers became the first woman to swim through the shark-infested waters from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco – the world's most difficult swim, according to a Guardian report.
According to The Guardian, a large elephant seal population attracts large numbers of great white sharks near Farallon Islands, and scientists have logged as many as 80 shark attacks in a single season.
Chambers made the swim close to mating season for great white sharks – and according to The Guardian, female great whites, which congregate off the Farallons, are generally larger than the males.
Only four men have ever completed the swim. The swim took more than 17 hours for Chambers to complete.
According to Cosmopolitan, Chambers battled violent nausea while completing the swim, but knew she could make it once she got to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Chambers discovered swimming in October 2009 after a life-threatening leg injury, according to her website. Medical experts told her that she only had a 1 percent chance of walking unassisted again after the injury. She used swimming to rehabilitate the injury.
Today she is one of the most accomplished swimmers in the world. The Guardian reports that she has completed the Ocean Seven, a series of marathon swims that include the Molokai Channel, the North Channel and the Strait of Gibaltrar.
You can follow her inspiring journey on her website.
"My goal is to be inspiring young girls," she said, according to Cosmopolitan. "I want them to dream big because the rewards outweigh the risks. I didn't leave anything in the bay."
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