Tobie Smith

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Tobie Smith
Personal information
Full nameTobie Smith
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Born (1973-10-23) October 23, 1973 (age 49)
Chappaqua, New York
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
ClubBadger Swim Club
College team University of Texas
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing the United States
World Aquatics Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Perth 25 km open water
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg1998 Perth Team 25 km
Summer Universiade
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1995 Fukuoka 1500 m freestyle

Tobie Smith (born October 23, 1973) is an American former competition swimmer who specialized in long-distance and open-water freestyle events. She represented the United States at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, Western Australia, winning the gold medal in the 25-kilometer open water event.

To celebrate her completion of her master's degree in kinesiology, Smith swam the English Channel on August 5, 1999. After swimming two thirds of the distance in an estimated record time, she encountered a force five gale of 19 to 24 miles per hour and white-capped waves. She finished her channel-crossing in eight hours, 15 minutes; the then current record time was seven hours, 40 minutes. [1] [2]

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  1. Chuck Slater, "Next for Medalist, Swimming the Channel," The New York Times (August 1, 1999). Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  2. Chuck Slater, "Swimmer Conquers the Channel," The New York Times (August 15, 1999). Retrieved August 21, 2015.