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Frédéric Dion admits South Pole voyage didn't break solo records

01/23/2015 08:59 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Frédéric Dion definitely made the trek to the centre of the South Pole in 36 days, but he didn't do it entirely alone — and that's why some of the records he was said to have broken have since been revoked.

Dion issued a news release Thursday admitting he had erred in claiming several records, namely:

- First person to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility alone.

- First person to reach the centre of the South Pole alone.

- First person to cross Antarctica from the southern pole of inaccessibility alone.

The reason for the backtracking on those records is because Dion received help on two occasions. First, when his sled broke and he received a new one, and second, when he received a new food supply.

Three of his six records remain intact, however.

He still beat the previous record holder by reaching the southern pole of inaccessibility from the shore near Novolazarevskaya in 36 days (the previous record holder made it in 45 days).

His other two records that stand are for reaching the geographic South Pole from the southern pole of inaccessibility in nine days, and crossing the Antarctic from the southern pole of inaccessibility in 54 days and six hours.

Dion said he mentioned the help he received in multiple interviews upon his return, but that he should have clarified further. He apologized for the confusion.

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