Redding record-breaking swimmer pursues new challenge

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Two years ago, Hunter Wright became the youngest athlete to successfully swim the Magellan Strait. At the time he was only 17-years-old, becoming the sixth person in the United States to complete the swim.

With one world record under his belt, Wright is ready for another.

Hunter is planning to swim in the chilling waters of the Arctic Ocean. He’ll swim from Point Barrow, Alaska to the city of Barrow wearing only a speedo and cap.

“It’s about a 4.4 miles swim. Water temperature ranges from 32 to 40 degrees and nobody in the world has ever attempted it,” Wright explained.

The challenging and chilling swim will only be the beginning of a much larger plan for Wright.

“One of my goals is to swim Antarctica. And but that’s the most southern swim in the world and I wanted to do the most Northern swim in the world to just start out and kind of get a warm up going before Antarctica,” Wright said

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