Swimming the English Channel is no small feat. The list tops out at 2,671 people who have successfully completed the swim. That number is less than the number of people who have climbed Mount Everest (3,142). It seems like a bigger deal now, doesn’t it? But on top of that, can you imagine your grandparents swimming 21 miles? We sat down with George Thorton, a Fort Collins local who is attempting to be the oldest person ever to swim the English Channel. He will be 73 during his attempt, the current record is 70 years old. We sat down with Thorton last week and he explained where his motivation comes from to accomplish this feat, and the Team Fort Collins fundraiser linked to the swim for Northern Colorado kids.