Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013, at the age of 64. It was her fifth and final attempt. Upon completing the strenuous 53 hour journey, she said, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.”

Never one to quit, in July of 2010—at the age of 60—she began her “Xtreme Dream” quest of swimming from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to finish thirty years previously. When asked her motivation, she replied, “Because I’d like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams.” Although unsuccessful in 2010, Nyad completed this historic swim after two more attempts in 2011 and 2012.

In the 1970′s, Nyad was considered one of the greatest long-distance swimmers in the world. Her world records include circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida. She has been inductioned to many Halls of Fame, such as the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Nyad has been a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and the New York Times. The author of three books, she has also earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker in front of many international audiences. 

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