Diana Nyad – Dreams come true with will power and determination at 64

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Diana Nyad is a 64 (2013) year old long distance swimmer today completed an unthinkable non-stop 52 hour swim from Cuba to Key West Florida – 103 miles without a protective cage or flippers!

Congratulations Diana! You are a great inspiration for proving the capabilities of human kind.
Diana Nyad
Dreams come true with will power and determination at any age!

Diana Nyad Start
Before start – ABC News

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Cuba to Florida Swim

Diana Nyad came out of her retirement when she turned 60 and wanted re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. The risks are enormous including tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. After 4 failed attempts Diana Nyad has today, 2 September 2013 proved that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible and age is just a number.

History

Diana Nyad was born in New York City on August 22, 1949 to stockbroker William Sneed and his wife Lucy Curtis. Her father died when she was three and her mother soon remarried Aristotle Nyad, a Greek land developer, who adopted Diana. The family then moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she grew up and began swimming seriously in grade seven. She was enrolled at the elite Pine Crest School in the mid-1960s, swimming under the tutelage of Olympian (and Hall of Fame) coach Jack Nelson. Before graduating she won three Florida state high school championships in the Backstroke at 100 and 200 yards (91 and 183m).[4] She dreamed of swimming in the 1968 Summer Olympics, but in 1966 she spent three months in bed with endocarditis, an infection of the heart, and when she began swimming again she had lost her speed.

Her Achievements

  • 1974: In June 1974, Nyad set a women’s record of 8 hours, 11 minutes in the 22-mile (35km) Bay of Naples race.
  • 1975: At age 26, Nyad made national headlines by swimming 28 miles (45km) around the island of Manhattan (New York City) in just under 8 hours (7 hours 57 minutes.) An account of her swim, published the next day, stated Nyad was “5 feet six inches tall” (1.7m) and weighed 128 pounds (58kg).
  • 1978: At age 28 she first attempted to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West. Diving into the ocean at 2PM on Sunday August 13 from Ortegosa Beach (50 miles (80km) west of Havana), she swam inside a 20 X 40 foot (6 X 12m) steel shark cage for nearly 42 hours, before team doctors removed her during the 7 o’clock hour on the morning of Tuesday August 15 due to strong Westerly winds and 8-foot (2.4m) swells that were slamming her against the cage and pushing her off-course towards Texas. She had covered about 76 miles (122km), but not in a straight line.
  • 1979: In what was to be her last “competitive” swim on her 30th birthday (August 21-22, 1979), she set a world record for distance swimming (both men and women) over open water by swimming 102 miles (164km) from North Bimini Island, Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (without the use of protective shark cage). Thanks to favorable winds and a following sea she averaged 3.7 miles per hour (6.0km/hr) and completed the swim in 27 and one-half hours
  • August 2011 – 2012: Four failed attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida.
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