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Ida Elionsky

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Henry Elionsky and Ida Elionsky in the early 20th century

Ida Elionsky (born 6 June 1903) was an American open water swimmer and was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in its Class of 2019.

Ida Elionsky

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

  • She completed a 28.5-mile (45.9 km) circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York in 11 hours 45 minutes on 24 September 1916 to become the first woman and second person overall to complete this swim. She started the swim with her brother Henry Elionsky, nickname Buster and the Human Iceberg who started and finished the swim with his hands and feet shackled.
  • She completed a number of river swims around the New York City area promoting swimming as she occasionally swam with her hands shackled or with her larger brother Henry Elionsky tied to her back for portions of these swims.
  • One of these swims was through Hell Gate in New York City where she swam with her arms and feet shackled.

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