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L-R: George Thorton, coach Joe, and Mrs. Thorton inside the White Horse, Dover’s oldest pub, where Channel swimmers sign their names on the wall. Credit: Charles L. Thornton
L-R: George Thorton, coach Joe, and Mrs. Thorton inside the White Horse, Dover’s oldest pub, where Channel swimmers sign their names on the wall. Credit: Charles L. Thornton
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Watch Fort Collins Man Swim Across the English Channel!

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Swimmer Mercedes Gleitze has a drink during her unsuccessful attempt to swim the English Channel, 21st October 1927. Topical Press Agency, Getty Images
Swimmer Mercedes Gleitze has a drink during her unsuccessful attempt to swim the English Channel, 21st October 1927. Topical Press Agency, Getty Images
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73 Year-Old Fort Collins Man Attempting To Swim The English Channel

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.

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