Ederle's Channel crossing changed perceptions of female athletes and inspired countless women and girls to take up swimming and various sports. But it also had a profound effect on others. One of the tributes Ederle cherishes came from one of the sportswriters who had spent nearly 15 hours in a little boat, watching her make history. He wrote, "I would not have swapped my place in the tug this day, following Miss Ederle, for a seat at the ringside of the greatest fight or at the arena of the greatest game in the world. For this, in my opinion, is the greatest sports story in the world."