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Doc: The Oldest Man in the Sea [motion picture] WTIU/30, Indiana U Television

Indiana U Instructional Support Ser 1980
Brief Annotation:
Highlights of 57-year-old James "Doc" Counsilman's record-breaking swim of the English Channel are interwoven with flashbacks showing Doc in training for the event and at work coaching his university swimming team. Comments from Doc, Indiana University swimming coach since 1958 and two-time Olympic coach, reflect upon prior attempts by others to swim the Channel, his belief in the health and recreational value of swimming for older people, and his life as a coach and researcher. Captures the enthusiastic encouragement and support given by Doc's wife, his coach, and other boat passengers during all stages of his swim.
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