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Reversing Course: Fixing the Chicago River

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Image courtesy of Jeremy Atherton.

Long before Michael Phelps, the United States rallied around another legendary Olympic swimmer. Johnny Weissmuller—who would later gain further fame as the lead in a dozen Tarzan films—won five gold medals during the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. But in the interim between those two competitions, he did something that today seems much more incredible: he swam in the Chicago River.
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