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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.”

In the 1970s, she became known as the world’s greatest long distance swimmer with her open-water achievments, including a record-breaking swim around Manhattan. For the next thirty years, Nyad was a prominent sports broadcaster and journalist, filing compelling stories for National Public Radio, ABC’S Wide World of Sports, and others. She is the author of the memoir, "Find a Way," and three other books, is a national fitness icon, a talented linguist, and one of today’s most powerful and engaging public speakers.

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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