Lewis Pugh

How I swam the North Pole

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Filmed Jan 2009 at TEDGlobal 2009
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Lewis Pugh talks about his record-breaking swim across the North Pole. He braved the icy waters (in a Speedo) to highlight the melting icecap. Watch for astonishing footage — and some blunt commentary on the realities of supercold-water swims.

Lewis Pugh
/ Coldwater swimmer

Pushing his body through epic cold-water swims, Lewis Gordon Pugh wants to draw attention to our global climate. He's just back from swimming in a meltwater lake on the slopes of Mount Everest.  Full bio.

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