We asked Suzie Dods of San Francisco (shown on left in San Francisco Bay) about her motto, "The world is 75% water, swimming is a unifier."
"I guess it just comes from my experience. Through swimming I have traveled to all sorts of different places in the world.
I have experienced local people doing what they do and been able to see parts of the world from a very personal level. I am able to relate to and communicate with people all over the world. I am able to connect with other people and help people connect. It's always nice when you travel to have someone who knows what you like to do and can help you do it. You are no longer a stranger...you are a friend."
Suzie has swum 14 miles across the width of Lake Tahoe in 1988 and the length in 1989. She was on two English Channel relays in 1992 and 1993 and swam 12 miles around Coronado Island in San Diego, California in 1996. In 2000, she swam across the English Channel and the 15K Maratona de Due Mare in Sicily, Italy in 2002, 26.2K across Lake Zurich in 2004, a 9-mile swim in Tampa Bay, Florida in 2005 and a solo 8-mile swim around Pennock Island in Ketchikan Alaska.
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