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Diana Nyad        

First Person to Successfully Swim from Cuba to Florida Without the Protection of a Shark Cage; Sports Journalist & Broadcaster

At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her life long dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida on September 2, 2013. Upon completing her grueling 53 hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, “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.”

Nyad has never been on 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.” Nyad was unsuccessful in her quest in 2010 and tried two more times 2011 and 2012 before completing this year’s historic swim.

Back in the 1970′s, Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Her world records, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, have led to inductions to many Halls of Fame, such as the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and the New York Times. She has written three books and speaks French and Spanish fluently. Nyad has also earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker, earning standing ovations with a broad spectrum of audiences.

Speech Topics

The Courage to Be All You Can Be

Dare to Be Superior

Breaking Barriers



Diana Nyad's Cuba to Florida swim breaks one record - CNN.com

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was better than halfway across the strait separating Cuba from the Florida Keys on Sunday afternoon, her support team ...

Diana Nyad on epic swim: My mantra was "find a way" - CBS News

Long-distance swimmer says she suffered through the entire swim, but says that's why people are relating to her -- because "all of us suffer" in our lives.

Diana Nyad completes historic Cuba-to-Florida swim - CNN.com

Diana Nyad on Monday became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, willing her way to a Key West beach just before 2 p.m. ET.

From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record ...

When the distance swimmer turned 60, she vowed to complete her life's biggest challenge: a 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West. It was her fifth attempt at ...

Diana Nyad Talks Being Stung by Box Jellyfish; Writes New Memoir ...

"You felt that your body had been dipped in hot, burning wax oil," Diana Nyad says of being stung by a box jellyfish.

Swimmer Diana Nyad on Neil Young - WSJ

Diana Nyad, who set records on a Cuba-to-Florida swim, talks about using Neil Young's “The Needle and the Damage Done” to keep going.

'Find a Way,' swimmer Diana Nyad's stirring tale, is not for the ...

For Diana Nyad, a long-distance swim was a 110-mile odyssey from Cuba to Key West, Florida. And danger? There were toxic box jellyfish, and sharks that ...

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