April 25, 2005 10:16 AM PDT

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Opera Software CEO Jon von Tetzchner has begun his cross-Atlantic swim after the browser beat its download target.

Tetzchner said last week that he would swim from Norway to the United States if Opera 8 was downloaded a million times in its first four days of release. Because this target was exceeded over the weekend, the executive has agreed to keep to his promise.

Tetzchner swims Atlantic

"Although I blatantly admit that my promise was based more on joy and enthusiasm than my swimming abilities and physical health, I will do my very best to keep it," he said in a statement.

Tetzchner entered the "freezing Oslo fjord" on Monday and started swimming toward the United States, the company said. Opera's public relations manager, Eskil Sivertsen, is rowing an inflatable boat alongside Tetzchner "as an act of guilt after making the CEO's statement public," according to the Opera Web site.

It remains to be seen whether the CEO will actually complete the ambitious journey.

A map of the executive's planned route features a stopover in Iceland for "Mum's hot chocolate." An update on Tetzchner's swim is planned for Tuesday.

Ingrid Marson of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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On A Cruise Ship
So to fulfill the bet Tetzchner books a stateroom on a cruise ship from Norway to New York and swims a few laps in the ship's pool. He could do a promo for Norwegian Caribbean Lines and they would pay him!
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On A Cruise Ship
So to fulfill the bet Tetzchner books a stateroom on a cruise ship from Norway to New York and swims a few laps in the ship's pool. He could do a promo for Norwegian Caribbean Lines and they would pay him!
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GOOD LUCK FOR HIM
WISH HIM GOOD LUCK! AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS FOR OPERA BROWSER!
Posted by Quemann (16 comments )
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GOOD LUCK FOR HIM
WISH HIM GOOD LUCK! AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS FOR OPERA BROWSER!
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