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Friday, February 28, 2014
Like Daughter, Like Father - Christine And Robert Cossette
Christine Cossette and Robert Cossette of Canada are the only father-daughter duo who has been inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Christine-the-daughter (1982) was inducted before Robert-the-father (2004).
In 1084, the 22-year-old Christine delighted her fellow Québécois when she became the first person to complete a 64 km (39.7-mile) two-way crossing of lac St-Jean in Canada. After completing the first leg in 9 hours 29 minutes, she picked up speed and negative-split as she returned on a second leg of 8 hours 59 minutes. Her 18 hours 27 minute swim was celebrated like few other swims in lac St-Jean and led to an annual double-crossing race held from 1985 to 1989.
Her DNA comes from excellent stock.
Despite being crippled by polio, her father Robert completed the 32 km (19.8-mile) Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean from 1955 to 1965, the English Channel in 12 hours 5 minutes in 1964, the 51 km (32-mile) Traversée du Lac Ontario (Marathon de Brading), the Ste-Anne de Beaupré, the 70 km (44-mile) Montréal swim, the 35 km (22-mile) Atlantic City Around-the-Island Swim, the 16 km Trois-Rivières Swim, the Marathon de l’Expo de Toronto, the Lac Simon Swim, the Détroit de Juan de Fuca and La Gilman Chibougamau Swim.
Robert was the first person to swim 37 km (23 miles) from Chicoutimi to Bagotville in the Saguenay River in Canada that resulted in the annual la Descente ou remontée du Saguenay numerous times. He was president from 1973 to 1988 of the Marathon du Saguenay and trained several swimmers for the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean and the 37 km (23-mile) la Descente du Saguenay.
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