Well, you look at all the anti-Russia propaganda going on today, relentlessly, and it is hard to imagine that, back in the 1980's, there was an amazing female athlete who decided to SWIM from the USA to the USSR, in cold arctic waters, risking her life, which would help bridge the insane gap in understanding between our countries.
Her name was Lynn Cox. She did not stand around gossipping and accusing, AFTER THE FACT - what she did was help to change history. Three months after her amazing, gruelling, shaming and heroic, swim across the Bering Straight, Reagan and Gorbachev agreed to reduce nuclear weapons in their countries. Which was an amazing, never-before, ground-shattering moment of progress - lost to us now. And this was only after a build up of military ships, etc., during her life-threatening swim. An amazing, wonderful story.
Listen / hear - The Swim Between Superpowers, Witness - BBC World
Swim that broke Cold War ice curtain - BBC News
Elite swimmer Lynne Cox writes about nearly dying...