Sports are all over the news today and we’ve got a record to tell you about. British skier Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica on Monday, past the South Pole and onward to the coastal ice shelf for 59 days in near-total solitude. Wow! We’re freezing just thinking about it!
According to Sports Illustrated, Aston not only crossed 1,084 miles (1,744 kilometers) from Leverett Glacier to the Hercules Inlet, but she arrived ahead of schedule. She said the most surprising thing about her journey was how emotional it was. “I’m not a particularly weepy person, and yet anyone who has been
following my tweets can see me bursting into tears,” she said in an
interview with The Associated Press.
“When I saw the coastal mountains that marked my end point for the first
time, I literally just stopped in my tracks and bawled my eyes out,”
she added. “All these days I thought there was no chance I was going to
make it in time to make that last flight off Antarctica, and yet here I
am with three days to spare.”