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As far back as I can remember, I have been more at home in water than on land. My father taught me to swim at age 3, and I’ve been an enthusiast ever since.

While most of my aquatic adventures have been relatively tame, a few have been remarkable. I’ve swum with piranhas in the Amazon, sharks and penguins in the Galápagos, schools of tropical fish off Papua New Guinea, an octopus at the Great Barrier Reef, and sea lions off the coast of Mexico. I’ve swum in a glacier-fed lake in Canada, a frigid river in Alaska and a hot spring in the Antarctic. And for more than two dozen blissful summers, I swam twice a day from Minnesota to Wisconsin and back, challenging the current of the scenic…

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