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Man Tries to Traverse Atlantic, Inspired by Olympics

A British man got Olympics fever and tried to spread it to America



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    A helicopter (not this one) was called in to convince a man not to swim 3,000-plus miles to American to "spread Olympic cheer."

    The 3,594 miles from his vacation spot in France to New York City did not deter one enthusiastic Briton from trying to cross “the pond” to tell Americans how amazing the Olympics are.

    Friends thought their British compatriot was joking when the swimming event got him so fired up he told them he would swim all the way to New York City to “carry the Olympic spirit across the Atlantic,” according to the Daily Mail.

    “It’s a bit of a crazy story,” paramilitary officer Laurent Saintespes, told the AFP news agency. “You have to have a sense of humor when the Olympics are on in London.”

    Lifeguards watched the unnamed Londoner swim 300 yards before they lost site of him and called a helicopter in to retrieve him. Eventually lifeguards in a dinghy convinced him he wouldn’t make the whole trip and towed him back to shore, the Mail reported.