55-Year Old Grandmother Is the First Person to Complete Brutal San Francisco Bay Swim

The waters between the Farallon Islands and the San Francisco mainland are extremely dangerous. They're cold, often populated by sharks, and are prone to brutal currents. Only six people have successfully swam the 30 mile stretch between them. Only one, the San Francisco Gate reports, have done so while starting from the mainland itself. That person is Amy Appelhans Gubser.

The 55-year old nurse and grandmother is already a noted world-class competitor in marathon swimming. She's planned this swim for five years. Gubser started her swim early in the morning last Saturday and arrived at the Farallon Islands seventeen hours later.

-via Conor Friedersdorf | Photo: Amy Appelhans Gubser


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It's so bizarre to me that all of the headlines focus on the fact that she's a grandmother. If a 55-year-old man did this, would all the headlines be talking about his status as a grandpa?
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