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Monday, August 13,2012

Water tested

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon takes on some of the boldest open-water crossings of all time

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What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs swimming across the English Channel?

Philippe Croizon. That’s what the 44-year-old quadruple amputee did in 2010. By the end of this month, the Frenchman will have added the Strait of Gibralter, the Red Sea, the Bering Strait, and the Papua New Guinea-Australia Gap to his list of watery accomplishments.

"What Philippe is doing is much larger than even the longest of all open-water swims in the world," said Marcos Diaz, an elite open-water swimmer who completed this same feat two years ago. "He brings a message that's bigger than life with every meter he moves forward in the water. It's not only going to be a big accomplishment for a disabled person, but to all of us who have arms and legs."

Read more at Outside Magazine.

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