Olympics Inspire Man to Attempt a Swim From France to America

It’s hard to watch the Olympics and not become inspired by the amazing feats that people from all over the world are achieving on a daily basis. But if you get the desire to do something spectacular, start with baby steps as you work toward your goal. And please, make sure your goals are actually […]

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It’s hard to watch the Olympics and not become inspired by the amazing feats that people from all over the world are achieving on a daily basis.

But if you get the desire to do something spectacular, start with baby steps as you work toward your goal. And please, make sure your goals are actually realistic. Otherwise you might end up like the idiot in this story.

A 34-year-old man who was on a vacation in Biarittz, France felt the Olympics pulsing through his veins when he came up with the brilliant idea to attempt to swim to America. Reportedly, the man told his friends that he was going to attempt to make the almost 3,600-mile swim in order to “carry the Olympic spirit” across the Atlantic.

As any friends would do in that situation, they laughed off the eager guy’s claim because they knew there was no way that he wasn’t simply joking around. Little did they know, he was completely serious, and he began his trip shortly after the proclamation. He swam straight out towards the horizon and way past the buoys that mark the legal limit for those swimming in the water.

Lifeguards took notice of the potentially dangerous scenario, and called out both a helicopter and a rescue boat to cut the man off. They took the opportunity to explain to the man that his attempt was probably not the greatest idea and, although he insisted that he could make it to America, they tossed him a line and towed him back to the beach.

And there you have it, another man’s dreams have been crushed by logic and reason.

Via Gap Year