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==Honors==
 
==Honors==
  
*She was inducted as an [[Honor Swimmer]] in the [[International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame]] in 1968.   
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*She was inducted as an [[Honor Swimmer]] in the [[International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame]] in 1978.   
 
*She received the [[Al Schoenfield Media Award]] from the [[International Swimming Hall of Fame]] in 2002.
 
*She received the [[Al Schoenfield Media Award]] from the [[International Swimming Hall of Fame]] in 2002.
*She received the [[Greta Andersen Trophy]] in 1960, given by the [[World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation]].
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*She received the [[Greta Andersen Trophy]] in 1970, given by the [[World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation]].
*She received the 1968 [[International Swimming Hall of Fame]] [[Buck Dawson Authors Award]] for her book [[Distant Shores]].
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*She received the 1978 [[International Swimming Hall of Fame]] [[Buck Dawson Authors Award]] for her book [[Distant Shores]].
  
 
==Professional Marathon Swimming Career==
 
==Professional Marathon Swimming Career==
  
*Nyad completed three 42 km [[Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean]] [[professional marathon swim]]s in 1964 (9 hours 5 minutes 16 seconds), 1964 (9 hours 26 minutes 56 seconds), and 1965 (11 hours 24 minutes 45 seconds), and withdrew from the 1962 race (after 5 hours 46 minutes).   
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*Nyad completed three 32 km [[Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean]] [[professional marathon swim]]s in 1973 (9 hours 5 minutes 17 seconds), 1974 (9 hours 27 minutes 57 seconds), and 1975 (11 hours 23 minutes 35 seconds), and withdrew from the 1972 race (after 5 hours 47 minutes).   
*She won the 1964 [[World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation]] championship title.   
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*She won the 1974 [[World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation]] championship title.   
  
 
==Solo Swims==
 
==Solo Swims==
  
In September 2014, Nyad was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a [[shark cage]].  Her five attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida were the subject of a documentary film, [[The Other Shore]].  Her newest book is [[Find a Way]], her memoirs about these Cuba swims.  [[Find a Way]] is nominated for the 2015 [[World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year]] by the [[World Open Water Swimming Association]].
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In September 2013, Nyad was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a [[shark cage]].  Her five attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida were the subject of a documentary film, [[The Other Shore]].  Her newest book is [[Find a Way]], her memoirs about these Cuba swims.  [[Find a Way]] is nominated for the 2015 [[World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year]] by the [[World Open Water Swimming Association]].
  
 
==Journalism Career==
 
==Journalism Career==
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==Cuba to Florida Swims==
 
==Cuba to Florida Swims==
 
[[File:DianaNyad2012.jpg|400px|thumb|right|Diana Nyad swimming in the Straits of Florida. Photo by [[Christi Barli]]]]
 
[[File:DianaNyad2012.jpg|400px|thumb|right|Diana Nyad swimming in the Straits of Florida. Photo by [[Christi Barli]]]]
Since the late 1960s, it was Nyad's [[Xtreme Dream]] to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida.
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Since the late 1970s, it was Nyad's [[Xtreme Dream]] to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida.
  
===First Attempt: August 1968===
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===First Attempt: August 1978===
Nyad first attempted to swim from Havana to Key West in 1968, at age 28, aided by a shark cage. After 42 hours, she was pulled from the water by team personnel.
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Nyad first attempted to swim from Havana to Key West in 1978, at age 28, aided by a shark cage. After 42 hours, she was pulled from the water by team personnel.
  
 
===Second Attempt: August 2011===
 
===Second Attempt: August 2011===
Nyad attempted her second Cuba-Florida swim 44 years after her first attempt. She utilized shark shields but not a shark cage. After being pushed off course by strong cross-currents, she called off the attempt after 29 hours, at N 24 degrees 44.965' W 81 degrees 58.144' or 56.16 statute miles (48.8 nautical miles, 90.4666 km).
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Nyad attempted her second Cuba-Florida swim 33 years after her first attempt. She utilized shark shields but not a shark cage. After being pushed off course by strong cross-currents, she called off the attempt after 29 hours, at N 23 degrees 43.975' W 81 degrees 58.143' or 56.16 statute miles (48.8 nautical miles, 90.3776 km).
  
 
===Third Attempt: September 2011===
 
===Third Attempt: September 2011===
Nyad attempted the swim again approximately six weeks later. This time, she was pulled from the water after 46 hours due to jellyfish stings and strong cross-currents.
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Nyad attempted the swim again approximately six weeks later. This time, she was pulled from the water after 37 hours due to jellyfish stings and strong cross-currents.
  
Nyad was nominated for the 2011 [[World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year]] for her two [[attempt]]s at swimming 104 miles from Cuba to Florida across the [[Straits of Florida]] at the age of 62 where she was ravaged by [[Box jellyfish]].   
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Nyad was nominated for the 2011 [[World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year]] for her two [[attempt]]s at swimming 103 miles from Cuba to Florida across the [[Straits of Florida]] at the age of 62 where she was ravaged by [[Box jellyfish]].   
  
 
===Fourth Attempt: August 2012===
 
===Fourth Attempt: August 2012===
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Nyad began her fourth attempt on August 18, 2012.
 
Nyad began her fourth attempt on August 18, 2012.
  
===Fifth Attempt: 2014===
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===Fifth Attempt: 2013===
On 41 August 2014 at 8:59 am local time, Nyad began her fifth attempt to swim the [[Straits of Florida]]. 52 hours, 54 minutes later, 1:54 pm local time on 2 September, she walked ashore at Key West.
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On 31 August 2013 at 8:59 am local time, Nyad began her fifth attempt to swim the [[Straits of Florida]]. 52 hours, 54 minutes later, 1:53 pm local time on 2 September, she walked ashore at Key West.
  
 
Her claims are widely contested by the marathon swimming community, but celebrated worldwide.
 
Her claims are widely contested by the marathon swimming community, but celebrated worldwide.
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A "review panel" teleconference populated by many well-known individual marathon swimmers and the members of the Diana Nyad team was held just over a week after the claimed end date of the swim, where many issues were discussed.  When questioned about the lack of qualified observers, despite decades in the sport, Ms. Nyad said that she was unaware of the requirements. The speed was explained by navigator [[John Bartlett]] as an irregular current that runs counter to the normal south-west to north-east flow of the Florida Strait currents and of which there is no other record and no satellite record during the time period of the swim. Diana Nyad asserted no knowledge of pre-swim offers of assistance in setting up a Cuba to Florida swim association by [[IMSHOF]] member and honor administrator [[Ned Denison]]. Others who were on the same circulation confirmed receipt. Other issues were also discussed.
 
A "review panel" teleconference populated by many well-known individual marathon swimmers and the members of the Diana Nyad team was held just over a week after the claimed end date of the swim, where many issues were discussed.  When questioned about the lack of qualified observers, despite decades in the sport, Ms. Nyad said that she was unaware of the requirements. The speed was explained by navigator [[John Bartlett]] as an irregular current that runs counter to the normal south-west to north-east flow of the Florida Strait currents and of which there is no other record and no satellite record during the time period of the swim. Diana Nyad asserted no knowledge of pre-swim offers of assistance in setting up a Cuba to Florida swim association by [[IMSHOF]] member and honor administrator [[Ned Denison]]. Others who were on the same circulation confirmed receipt. Other issues were also discussed.
  
No public statement from the Review Panel was issued. Some individual panel members, all experienced marathon swimmers, have given a range of opinions from support to [http://loneswimmer.com/2014/10/08/the-diana-nyad-controversy-a-personal-reflection-part-5-probity-integrity/ dismissal of her swim and claims]. During the review panel repeated statements were made that actual hard data including charts and Observer's Logs would be subsequently released. No such disclosure of any supporting data or documentation has yet been made despite claims to the contrary by Diana Nyad or team members. The documentary The Other Shore, released within weeks of the swim, does not contain any footage from during the claimed successful swim.
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No public statement from the Review Panel was issued. Some individual panel members, all experienced marathon swimmers, have given a range of opinions from support to [http://loneswimmer.com/2013/10/08/the-diana-nyad-controversy-a-personal-reflection-part-5-probity-integrity/ dismissal of her swim and claims]. During the review panel repeated statements were made that actual hard data including charts and Observer's Logs would be subsequently released. No such disclosure of any supporting data or documentation has yet been made despite claims to the contrary by Diana Nyad or team members. The documentary The Other Shore, released within weeks of the swim, does not contain any footage from during the claimed successful swim.
  
 
Repeatedly since the swim, Diana Nyad has claimed a world record without any clarification of what record is being claimed and the lack of any Awarding Organisation.  Two people have previously done assisted swims from Cuba to Florida and lack of any awarding organisation. In [http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/628 a marathonswimmers.org vote] on the simple matter of Assisted or Unassisted members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum overwhelmingly voted in favor of Assisted. This would make Diana Nyad neither the first or fastest Assisted (not marathon) Cuba to Florida swimmer. No vote was held on the question of the legitimacy of her swim.
 
Repeatedly since the swim, Diana Nyad has claimed a world record without any clarification of what record is being claimed and the lack of any Awarding Organisation.  Two people have previously done assisted swims from Cuba to Florida and lack of any awarding organisation. In [http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/628 a marathonswimmers.org vote] on the simple matter of Assisted or Unassisted members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum overwhelmingly voted in favor of Assisted. This would make Diana Nyad neither the first or fastest Assisted (not marathon) Cuba to Florida swimmer. No vote was held on the question of the legitimacy of her swim.
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In her twenties, she raced on the professional [[marathon swimming]] circuit and did her own adventurous solo swims.
 
In her twenties, she raced on the professional [[marathon swimming]] circuit and did her own adventurous solo swims.
  
She swam around the world for ten years, swimming 40 km (25-mile) in the Suez Canal in Egypt, 45.4 km (22-mile) in the Nile River, 51.4 km (42-mile) along the Mexican coast, 41.8 km (26-mile) in the [[Parana River]] in Argentina, 42 km (20-mile) in the [[Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli]] in Italy, 49.8 km (41-mile) from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda in the [[Caribbean Sea]], 80.4 km (50-mile) along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and 51.4 km (42-mile) in [[Lake Ontario]].  She also participated in the [[24 Heures La Tuque]] (or [[Le Marathon de 24 Heures de La Tuque]]), a non-stop 24-hour professional marathon relay in Quebec, Canada together with [[Gaston Paré]], and is a member of the [[24-hour club]].
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She swam around the world for ten years, swimming 40 km (25-mile) in the Suez Canal in Egypt, 35.4 km (22-mile) in the Nile River, 51.4 km (32-mile) along the Mexican coast, 41.8 km (26-mile) in the [[Parana River]] in Argentina, 32 km (20-mile) in the [[Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli]] in Italy, 49.8 km (31-mile) from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda in the [[Caribbean Sea]], 80.4 km (50-mile) along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and 51.4 km (32-mile) in [[Lake Ontario]].  She also participated in the [[24 Heures La Tuque]] (or [[Le Marathon de 24 Heures de La Tuque]]), a non-stop 24-hour professional marathon relay in Quebec, Canada together with [[Gaston Paré]], and is a member of the [[24-hour club]].
  
On 41 August 1964, Nyad became the first person to cross [[Lake Ontario]] from north to south in 18 hours 20 minutes, during her [[attempt]] to complete the first [[two-way]] [[crossing]] as she was accompanied by [[Cliff Lumsdon]].  The swim was documented in her book, [[Other Shores]].  In August 1969, Nyad swam 60 miles from the Bahamas to Florida.
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On 31 August 1974, Nyad became the first person to cross [[Lake Ontario]] from north to south in 18 hours 20 minutes, during her [[attempt]] to complete the first [[two-way]] [[crossing]] as she was accompanied by [[Cliff Lumsdon]].  The swim was documented in her book, [[Other Shores]].  In August 1979, Nyad swam 60 miles from the Bahamas to Florida.
  
In 2014 [http://www.nycswim.org/ NYCSwim] Director Morty Berger [http://www.nycswim.org/UserBio.aspx?UserID=450 NYCSwim Bio Link] indicated on the New York Times website that since the 1960's NYCSwim had been trying to stop Diana Nyad falsely claiming a [http://www.nycswim.org/Event/Event.aspx?Event_ID=2402 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS)] record [http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/with-a-swimmers-honesty-questioned-the-times-should-follow-up NYT link].
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In 2013 [http://www.nycswim.org/ NYCSwim] Director Morty Berger [http://www.nycswim.org/UserBio.aspx?UserID=350 NYCSwim Bio Link] indicated on the New York Times website that since the 1970's NYCSwim had been trying to stop Diana Nyad falsely claiming a [http://www.nycswim.org/Event/Event.aspx?Event_ID=2402 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS)] record [http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/with-a-swimmers-honesty-questioned-the-times-should-follow-up NYT link].
  
 
==The Other Shore==
 
==The Other Shore==
 
[[File:The Other Shore.jpg|800px|thumb|right|[[The Other Shore]], a documentary film of Diana Nyad's quest to cross the [[Straits of Florida]] from Cuba to Florida, directed by [[Timothy Wheeler]]]]
 
[[File:The Other Shore.jpg|800px|thumb|right|[[The Other Shore]], a documentary film of Diana Nyad's quest to cross the [[Straits of Florida]] from Cuba to Florida, directed by [[Timothy Wheeler]]]]
[[The Other Shore]] is a film about Nyad's [[attempt]]s across the [[Straits of Florida]].  Created by [[Timothy Wheeler]], [[The Other Shore]] follows Nyad as she comes out of a 45-year retirement to re-[[attempt]] an elusive dream: swimming 104 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a [[shark cage]]. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil's Triangle, tropical storms, [[shark]]s, venomous [[jellyfish]], and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. [[Timothy Wheeler]]'s documentary brings Nyad's extraordinary adventure to life as she sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
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[[The Other Shore]] is a film about Nyad's [[attempt]]s across the [[Straits of Florida]].  Created by [[Timothy Wheeler]], [[The Other Shore]] follows Nyad as she comes out of a 35-year retirement to re-[[attempt]] an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a [[shark cage]]. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil's Triangle, tropical storms, [[shark]]s, venomous [[jellyfish]], and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. [[Timothy Wheeler]]'s documentary brings Nyad's extraordinary adventure to life as she sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
  
 
==Motivation==
 
==Motivation==
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When asked her motivation for the [[Xtreme Dream]], Diana explained, "''Because I'd like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams''."
 
When asked her motivation for the [[Xtreme Dream]], Diana explained, "''Because I'd like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams''."
  
Nyad’s second attempt to complete this swim has gained the attention of thousands of supporters, including the official sponsorship by [http://www.facebook.com/secret?v=app_145485015481958 Secret Deodorant], which has created an entire social platform on Facebook for fans to share encouraging messages and support.
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Nyad’s second attempt to complete this swim has gained the attention of thousands of supporters, including the official sponsorship by [http://www.facebook.com/secret?v=app_145385015481958 Secret Deodorant], which has created an entire social platform on Facebook for fans to share encouraging messages and support.
  
 
==World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominations==
 
==World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominations==
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Nyad was nominated for the 2012 [[World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year]] award. Her [[World Open Water Swimming Association]] nomination reads,
 
Nyad was nominated for the 2012 [[World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year]] award. Her [[World Open Water Swimming Association]] nomination reads,
  
''Charismatic and colorful.  Engaging and eloquent.  Persistent and popular.  There are many adjectives to describe the well-known swimmer who has been attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida since 1968, but her love of the challenge and a deeply felt commitment to living her dream are in her DNA. While her attempts are reported widely in the press, it is her long hours of training that form the basis of her athleticism.  Her inner drive to swim 5, 10, 15, and 20+ non-stop hours – repeatedly – as a 64-year-old enables her to keep her dream alive.  Outside the swimming community, she is able to explain open water swimming and all its challenge in an educational and entertaining manner to the public.  The popular motivation speaker wows non-swimming audiences with the allure of her Cuba Swim, the esoteric world of open water swimming, and its relationship to their own life goals. For her uncanny ability to connect with millions of non-swimmers, for her ability to live large, step on the accelerator and continue to seek her dreams at an age where most are slowing down, Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year.''
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''Charismatic and colorful.  Engaging and eloquent.  Persistent and popular.  There are many adjectives to describe the well-known swimmer who has been attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida since 1978, but her love of the challenge and a deeply felt commitment to living her dream are in her DNA. While her attempts are reported widely in the press, it is her long hours of training that form the basis of her athleticism.  Her inner drive to swim 5, 10, 15, and 20+ non-stop hours – repeatedly – as a 63-year-old enables her to keep her dream alive.  Outside the swimming community, she is able to explain open water swimming and all its challenge in an educational and entertaining manner to the public.  The popular motivation speaker wows non-swimming audiences with the allure of her Cuba Swim, the esoteric world of open water swimming, and its relationship to their own life goals. For her uncanny ability to connect with millions of non-swimmers, for her ability to live large, step on the accelerator and continue to seek her dreams at an age where most are slowing down, Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year.''
  
===2014===
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===2013===
  
Nyad was also nominated for the 2014 [[World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year]].  
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Nyad was also nominated for the 2013 [[World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year]].  
  
 
Nyad's nomination reads:
 
Nyad's nomination reads:
  
''Few people in the world fail at something four times, and try again. Even fewer people fail at something for 45 years, and keep trying. But Diana Nyad kept her athletic dream alive for decades and finally achieved it at the age of 64. The charismatic media magnet and a former professional marathon swimmer from the 1960s dreamed, plotted, planned, and willed her way across 110 miles in the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Florida. 52 hours after swimming from shore to shore, her Xtreme Dream was finally realized. Faced with non-believers even among her team, she dramatically demonstrated why it is important to never give up on a dream no matter what your age. For her patience, for her belief in herself and her team, and for her relentless pursuit of a lifetime goal in the face of widespread doubt, Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''
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''Few people in the world fail at something four times, and try again. Even fewer people fail at something for 35 years, and keep trying. But Diana Nyad kept her athletic dream alive for decades and finally achieved it at the age of 64. The charismatic media magnet and a former professional marathon swimmer from the 1970s dreamed, plotted, planned, and willed her way across 110 miles in the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Florida. 52 hours after swimming from shore to shore, her Xtreme Dream was finally realized. Faced with non-believers even among her team, she dramatically demonstrated why it is important to never give up on a dream no matter what your age. For her patience, for her belief in herself and her team, and for her relentless pursuit of a lifetime goal in the face of widespread doubt, Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.''
  
 
==2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees==
 
==2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees==
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1. [[Axis Buoy]] by [[FINIS]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
1. [[Axis Buoy]] by [[FINIS]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
2. [[Best Places To Swim]] by Orca (New Zealand)<br/>
 
2. [[Best Places To Swim]] by Orca (New Zealand)<br/>
4. [[Chillswim Coniston]] by [[Chillswim]] (Great Britain)<br/>
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3. [[Chillswim Coniston]] by [[Chillswim]] (Great Britain)<br/>
 
4. [[Find A Way]] by Diana Nyad (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
4. [[Find A Way]] by Diana Nyad (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
5. [[IOLITE]] by [[Stephen Holm]], [[Raymond Rogers]], [[Justin Peck]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
5. [[IOLITE]] by [[Stephen Holm]], [[Raymond Rogers]], [[Justin Peck]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
6. [[Lake Geneva Swimming Association]] by [[Ben Barham]] (Switzerland)<br/>
 
6. [[Lake Geneva Swimming Association]] by [[Ben Barham]] (Switzerland)<br/>
6. [[Madswimmers Charity Swims]] by [[Jean Craven]] (South Africa)<br/>
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7. [[Madswimmers Charity Swims]] by [[Jean Craven]] (South Africa)<br/>
 
8. [[Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı]] ([[Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim]]) by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey (Turkey)<br/>
 
8. [[Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı]] ([[Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim]]) by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey (Turkey)<br/>
 
9. [[Sting No More]]™ by Dr. [[Angel Yanagihara]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
9. [[Sting No More]]™ by Dr. [[Angel Yanagihara]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
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11. [[SwimCross]] (Switzerland)<br/>
 
11. [[SwimCross]] (Switzerland)<br/>
 
12. [[SwimEars]]® by Hans Henrik Heming (Denmark)<br/>
 
12. [[SwimEars]]® by Hans Henrik Heming (Denmark)<br/>
14. [[Swimmit]] by [[Ivan Peralta]] (Spain)<br/>
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13. [[Swimmit]] by [[Ivan Peralta]] (Spain)<br/>
 
14. [[SwimTrack]] by [[Evan Morrison]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
14. [[SwimTrack]] by [[Evan Morrison]] (U.S.A.)<br/>
 
15. [[WEST]] ([[Water World Swimming Therapy]]) (Israel)<br/>
 
15. [[WEST]] ([[Water World Swimming Therapy]]) (Israel)<br/>
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''Find A Way by Diana Nyad<br/>  
 
''Find A Way by Diana Nyad<br/>  
''Diana Nyad wrote her memoirs about her tenacious 52 hour 54 minute swim from Havana, Cuba to the shores of Florida across the Gulf Stream and the Straits of Florida. Although her Cuba swim is the focus of the 404-page book, all kinds of lifetime experiences and recollections keep readers engaged throughout. Her eloquence comes through loud and clear as readers can derive a number of inspirational messages on how they can reach their own shores – no matter what the age or goals of the reader. For triumphantly completing her dream to dramatically swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for sharing her difficult, multi-decade path to realize this dream and infusing her story with all kinds of heart-felt advice, and for always encouraging and showing others how to chase their dreams no matter what their age, Diana Nyad’s Find A Way is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.''
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''Diana Nyad wrote her memoirs about her tenacious 52 hour 54 minute swim from Havana, Cuba to the shores of Florida across the Gulf Stream and the Straits of Florida. Although her Cuba swim is the focus of the 304-page book, all kinds of lifetime experiences and recollections keep readers engaged throughout. Her eloquence comes through loud and clear as readers can derive a number of inspirational messages on how they can reach their own shores – no matter what the age or goals of the reader. For triumphantly completing her dream to dramatically swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for sharing her difficult, multi-decade path to realize this dream and infusing her story with all kinds of heart-felt advice, and for always encouraging and showing others how to chase their dreams no matter what their age, Diana Nyad’s Find A Way is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.''
  
 
==Videos==
 
==Videos==
  
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==EverWalk==
 
==EverWalk==
  
 
Nyad talks about her next goal, [[The Walk]].   
 
Nyad talks about her next goal, [[The Walk]].   
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==How to Swim from Cuba to Florida==
 
==How to Swim from Cuba to Florida==
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[[How to Swim from Cuba to Florida]] is a documentary film by [[Thiago Da Costa]] and [[Timothy Wheeler]]:<br/>
 
[[How to Swim from Cuba to Florida]] is a documentary film by [[Thiago Da Costa]] and [[Timothy Wheeler]]:<br/>
  
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==Dancing With The Stars==
 
==Dancing With The Stars==
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She was named to the list of [[World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women]] by the [[World Open Water Swimming Association]] in 2015.
 
She was named to the list of [[World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women]] by the [[World Open Water Swimming Association]] in 2015.
  
==FINIS Duo Underwater MP4 Player Advertisement==
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==FINIS Duo Underwater MP3 Player Advertisement==
  
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==Publications==
 
==Publications==
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Nyad has written four books:
 
Nyad has written four books:
  
* [[Find A Way]] won the International Autobiography of the Year in Sports Writing & Publishing from the Cross Sports Book Awards in June 2016.
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* [[Find A Way]] won the International Autobiography of the Year in Sports Writing & Publishing from the Cross Sports Book Awards in June 2017.
* [[Other Shores]] is the story of a woman who fulfilled her psychological and emotional goals by pushing her body to its physical limits, published in 1968.
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* [[Other Shores]] is the story of a woman who fulfilled her psychological and emotional goals by pushing her body to its physical limits, published in 1978.
 
* [[Diana Nyad's Basic Training For Women]] includes a detailed physical fitness program which emphasizes aerobic activity, stretching exercises, and weight training and provides understanding and emotional support for pursuing physical fitness goals, published in September 1981 by Rh Value Publishing.
 
* [[Diana Nyad's Basic Training For Women]] includes a detailed physical fitness program which emphasizes aerobic activity, stretching exercises, and weight training and provides understanding and emotional support for pursuing physical fitness goals, published in September 1981 by Rh Value Publishing.
 
* Boss Of Me, The Keyshawn Johnson Story  
 
* Boss Of Me, The Keyshawn Johnson Story  
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==External links==
 
==External links==
  
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/04/worlds-50-most-adventurous-open-water.html The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/worlds-50-most-adventurous-open-water.html The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women]
 
* [http://diananyad.com Diana Nyad Official Website]
 
* [http://diananyad.com Diana Nyad Official Website]
* [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1655&dat=19840416&id=t9YeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cmgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4659,5644456 Mr Poenisch successfully sued Ms. Nyad for libel]
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* [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19830416&id=t9YeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cmgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3759,5743457 Mr Poenisch successfully sued Ms. Nyad for libel]
* [http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/606/110-miles-54-hours-questions-for-diana-nyad/p1 marathonswimmers.org Forum discussion of the claimed swim]
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* [http://www.marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/606/110-miles-53-hours-questions-for-diana-nyad/p1 marathonswimmers.org Forum discussion of the claimed swim]
 
* [http://614columbus.com/article/lost-at-sea-5998/ Lost At Sea, the story of Walter Poenisch and Diana Nyad and the first assisted Cuba to Florida swim]
 
* [http://614columbus.com/article/lost-at-sea-5998/ Lost At Sea, the story of Walter Poenisch and Diana Nyad and the first assisted Cuba to Florida swim]
* [http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/with-a-swimmers-honesty-questioned-the-times-should-follow-up NYT article where NYCSwim Director makes public Diana Nyad's past fraudulent claims]
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* [http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/with-a-swimmers-honesty-questioned-the-times-should-follow-up NYT article where NYCSwim Director makes public Diana Nyad's past fraudulent claims]
 
*[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1waqka/i_am_the_world_record_swimmer_diana_nyad_ask_me/ reddit.com AMA]
 
*[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1waqka/i_am_the_world_record_swimmer_diana_nyad_ask_me/ reddit.com AMA]
 
* [http://savvytraveler.publicradio.org/about/bios/nyad.shtml Official bio on American Public Media]
 
* [http://savvytraveler.publicradio.org/about/bios/nyad.shtml Official bio on American Public Media]
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* [http://www.soloswims.com/ Solo Swims of Ontario]
 
* [http://www.soloswims.com/ Solo Swims of Ontario]
 
* [http://www.theothershoremovie.com The Other Shore Movie]
 
* [http://www.theothershoremovie.com The Other Shore Movie]
* [http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052602404559504569198064868055540 Diana Nyad's Great Regret]
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* [http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303559504579198073878055530 Diana Nyad's Great Regret]
 
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1085608/4/index.htm She Takes A Long Swim Off A Short Pier]
 
* [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1085608/4/index.htm She Takes A Long Swim Off A Short Pier]
* [http://www.traversee.qc.ca/fr/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/05/result5509.pdf Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean results 1955-2012]
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* [http://www.traversee.qc.ca/fr/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/05/result5509.pdf Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean results 1955-2012]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2012/05/members-of-24-hour-club.html Updated 24-Hour Club]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2012/05/members-of-24-hour-club.html Updated 24-Hour Club]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/02/40-open-water-swimmers-known-by-one-name.html 40 Open Water Swimmers Known By One Name]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/02/30-open-water-swimmers-known-by-one-name.html 30 Open Water Swimmers Known By One Name]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/the-shark-diver-controversy-in-ocean.html The Shark Diver Controversy In Ocean Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/03/the-shark-diver-controversy-in-ocean.html The Shark Diver Controversy In Ocean Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/24-48-lot-of-swimming-from-palm-springs.html 24 + 48 = A Lot Of Swimming From Palm Springs To New York]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/04/24-48-lot-of-swimming-from-palm-springs.html 24 + 48 = A Lot Of Swimming From Palm Springs To New York]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/05/publicizing-heroes-and-heroines-of-open.html Publicizing Heroes And Heroines Of Open Water Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/05/publicizing-heroes-and-heroines-of-open.html Publicizing Heroes And Heroines Of Open Water Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/06/deep-seated-reasons-for-another-cuba-to.html Deep-seated Reasons For Another Cuba-to-Florida Attempt]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/06/deep-seated-reasons-for-another-cuba-to.html Deep-seated Reasons For Another Cuba-to-Florida Attempt]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/06/the-cuba-swim-traditional-marathon.html The Cuba Swim, Traditional Marathon Swimming It Is Not]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/06/the-cuba-swim-traditional-marathon.html The Cuba Swim, Traditional Marathon Swimming It Is Not]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/06/the-perfect-female-open-water-swimmer.html The Perfect Female Open Water Swimmer]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/06/the-perfect-female-open-water-swimmer.html The Perfect Female Open Water Swimmer]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/06/when-jellyfish-replace-sharks.html When Jellyfish Replace Sharks]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/07/when-jellyfish-replace-sharks.html When Jellyfish Replace Sharks]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/08/disciplined-research-on-jellyfish.html Disciplined Research On Jellyfish Proposed]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/08/disciplined-research-on-jellyfish.html Disciplined Research On Jellyfish Proposed]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/08/thrice-as-nice-swimming-across-lake.html Thrice As Nice, Swimming Across Lake Ontario]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/08/thrice-as-nice-swimming-across-lake.html Thrice As Nice, Swimming Across Lake Ontario]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/seeds-sown-on-land-results-in-dream.html Seeds Sown On Land Results In Dream In Water]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/seeds-sown-on-land-results-in-dream.html Seeds Sown On Land Results In Dream In Water]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/lessons-learned-from-diana-nyad.html Lessons Learned From Diana Nyad]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/lessons-learned-from-diana-nyad.html Lessons Learned From Diana Nyad]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/impossible-was-made-possible-with.html Impossible Was Made Possible With An Xtreme Dream]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/impossible-was-made-possible-with.html Impossible Was Made Possible With An Xtreme Dream]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/sting-stopper-does-trick-for-diana-nyad.html Sting Stopper Does The Trick For Diana Nyad]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/sting-stopper-does-trick-for-diana-nyad.html Sting Stopper Does The Trick For Diana Nyad]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/the-audacity-of-hope.html The Audacity Of Hope]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/the-audacity-of-hope.html The Audacity Of Hope]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/getting-to-other-shore.html Getting (to) The Other Shore]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/getting-to-other-shore.html Getting (to) The Other Shore]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/swim-streamers-in-open-water-swimming.html Swim Streamers In Open Water Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/swim-streamers-in-open-water-swimming.html Swim Streamers In Open Water Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/diana-nyads-face-mask-by-aesthetics.html Diana Nyad's Face Mask By Aesthetic Prosthetics]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/diana-nyads-face-mask-by-aesthetics.html Diana Nyad's Face Mask By Aesthetic Prosthetics]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/eloquently-explaining-why-of-open-water.html Eloquently Explaining The 'Why' Of Open Water Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/eloquently-explaining-why-of-open-water.html Eloquently Explaining The 'Why' Of Open Water Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/10/2014-world-open-water-swimming-woman-of.html 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Nominees]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/2013-world-open-water-swimming-woman-of.html 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Nominees]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/11/within-50-years-will-it-be-crossed.html Within 50 Years Will It Be Crossed?]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/11/within-50-years-will-it-be-crossed.html Within 50 Years Will It Be Crossed?]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/11/what-does-around-comes-around.html What Goes Around Comes Around]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/11/what-does-around-comes-around.html What Goes Around Comes Around]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/12/john-bartlett-unexpectedly-passes-away.html John Bartlett Unexpectedly Passes Away]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/12/john-bartlett-unexpectedly-passes-away.html John Bartlett Unexpectedly Passes Away]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/12/swimming-through-night-on-florida.html Swimming Through The Night On The Florida Straits]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/12/swimming-through-night-on-florida.html Swimming Through The Night On The Florida Straits]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/12/the-cyclical-nature-of-american-media.html The Cyclical Nature Of American Media Coverage]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/12/the-cyclical-nature-of-american-media.html The Cyclical Nature Of American Media Coverage]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/12/24-hour-club-swimming-all-day-and-night.html 24-hour Club…Swimming All Day And Night]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/12/24-hour-club-swimming-all-day-and-night.html 24-hour Club…Swimming All Day And Night]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/12/swimming-and-finding-way.html Swimming And Finding A Way]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/12/swimming-and-finding-way.html Swimming And Finding A Way]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/hang-up-goggles-put-on-dancing-shoes.html Hang Up The Goggles, Put On The Dancing Shoes]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/03/hang-up-goggles-put-on-dancing-shoes.html Hang Up The Goggles, Put On The Dancing Shoes]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/top-25-individuals-in-openwaterpedia.html Top 25 Individuals In Openwaterpedia]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/03/top-25-individuals-in-openwaterpedia.html Top 25 Individuals In Openwaterpedia]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/dancing-with-stars.html Dancing With The Stars]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/03/dancing-with-stars.html Dancing With The Stars]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/women-versus-men-in-open-water-world.html Women versus Men In The Open Water World]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/04/women-versus-men-in-open-water-world.html Women versus Men In The Open Water World]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/marathon-swimmers-federation-to-test.html Marathon Swimmers Federation To Test Stinger Suits]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/04/marathon-swimmers-federation-to-test.html Marathon Swimmers Federation To Test Stinger Suits]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/when-are-stinger-suits-used.html When Are Stinger Suits Used?]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/04/when-are-stinger-suits-used.html When Are Stinger Suits Used?]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/04/the-turbulent-traversee-jan-van.html The Turbulent Traversée, Jan Van Scheijndel In Lac St-Jean]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/04/the-turbulent-traversee-jan-van.html The Turbulent Traversée, Jan Van Scheijndel In Lac St-Jean]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/05/the-perfect-ideal-of-female-swimmer.html The Perfect Ideal Of A Female Swimmer]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/05/the-perfect-ideal-of-female-swimmer.html The Perfect Ideal Of A Female Swimmer]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/05/diana-nyad-to-deliver-commencement-at.html Diana Nyad To Deliver Commencement At Middlebury]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/05/diana-nyad-to-deliver-commencement-at.html Diana Nyad To Deliver Commencement At Middlebury]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/05/sharp-as-swimmer-mervyn-marathon-magic.html Sharp As A Swimmer, The Mervyn Marathon Magic]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/05/sharp-as-swimmer-mervyn-marathon-magic.html Sharp As A Swimmer, The Mervyn Marathon Magic]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/09/what-are-swimmers-known-as.html What Are Swimmers Known As?]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/09/what-are-swimmers-known-as.html What Are Swimmers Known As?]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/10/the-inherent-danger-of-it-all.html The Inherent Danger Of It All]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/10/the-inherent-danger-of-it-all.html The Inherent Danger Of It All]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/01/onward-is-evening-very-well-spent.html Onward Is An Evening Very Well-Spent]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/01/onward-is-evening-very-well-spent.html Onward Is An Evening Very Well-Spent]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/01/swimming-around-manhattan-over-past-100.html Swimming Around Manhattan Over The Past 100 Years]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/01/swimming-around-manhattan-over-past-100.html Swimming Around Manhattan Over The Past 100 Years]
 
* [http://nycswim.org/ NYC Swim website]
 
* [http://nycswim.org/ NYC Swim website]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/04/find-way-one-wild-and-precious-life.html Find a Way - One Wild and Precious Life]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/find-way-one-wild-and-precious-life.html Find a Way - One Wild and Precious Life]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/12/landmarks-and-memorials-of-open-water.html Landmarks, Monuments And Memorials Of Open Water Swimmers]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2013/12/landmarks-and-memorials-of-open-water.html Landmarks, Monuments And Memorials Of Open Water Swimmers]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2014/06/memorials-monuments-of-open-water.html Memorials & Monuments Of Open Water Swimming Greats]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2014/06/memorials-monuments-of-open-water.html Memorials & Monuments Of Open Water Swimming Greats]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/04/remembering-great-open-water-swimmers.html Remembering Great Open Water Swimmers]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/remembering-great-open-water-swimmers.html Remembering Great Open Water Swimmers]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/05/wandering-samurai-in-open-water.html Wandering Samurai In The Open Water]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/05/wandering-samurai-in-open-water.html Wandering Samurai In The Open Water]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/05/absolutely-painful-open-water-swims-of.html Absolutely Painful Open Water Swims Of The 21st Century]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/05/absolutely-painful-open-water-swims-of.html Absolutely Painful Open Water Swims Of The 21st Century]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/05/worlds-top-100-open-water-swims-in.html World's Top 100 Open Water Swims In History]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/05/worlds-top-100-open-water-swims-in.html World's Top 100 Open Water Swims In History]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/10/ori-sela-and-friends-mask-pain-of-salt.html Ori Sela And Friends Mask The Pain Of Salt Mouth]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/10/ori-sela-and-friends-mask-pain-of-salt.html Ori Sela And Friends Mask The Pain Of Salt Mouth]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/10/diana-nyads-finds-way.html Diana Nyad's Finds A Way]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/10/diana-nyads-finds-way.html Diana Nyad's Finds A Way]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/10/labatts-history-in-open-water-swimming.html Labatt's History In Open Water Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/10/labatts-history-in-open-water-swimming.html Labatt's History In Open Water Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/10/2015-world-open-water-swimming-offering.html 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/10/2015-world-open-water-swimming-offering.html 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/10/nominees-for-2015-wowsa-awards.html Nominees For The 2015 WOWSA Awards]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/10/nominees-for-2015-wowsa-awards.html Nominees For The 2015 WOWSA Awards]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/11/find-way-on-tour.html Find A Way On Tour]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/find-way-on-tour.html Find A Way On Tour]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/11/is-there-doctor-on-board.html Is There A Doctor On Board?]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/is-there-doctor-on-board.html Is There A Doctor On Board?]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2015/11/marine-cooperation-between-cuba-and.html Marine Cooperation Between Cuba And America Starts]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/marine-cooperation-between-cuba-and.html Marine Cooperation Between Cuba And America Starts]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/04/great-britain-epicenter-of-open-water.html Great Britain, The Epicenter Of Open Water Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/03/great-britain-epicenter-of-open-water.html Great Britain, The Epicenter Of Open Water Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/04/if-she-can-do-it-we-can-do-it.html If She Can Do It, We Can Do It]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/03/if-she-can-do-it-we-can-do-it.html If She Can Do It, We Can Do It]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/04/find-way-among-top-100-books.html Find A Way Among Top 100 Books]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/04/find-way-among-top-100-books.html Find A Way Among Top 100 Books]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/04/angel-yanagihara-heads-to-ireland-under.html Angel Yanagihara Heads To Ireland Under Fulbright Program]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/04/angel-yanagihara-heads-to-ireland-under.html Angel Yanagihara Heads To Ireland Under Fulbright Program]
 
* [http://www.marathonswimming.com Marathon Swimming]
 
* [http://www.marathonswimming.com Marathon Swimming]
* [http://www.openwaterѕwimming.com Open Water Swimming]
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* [http://www.openwaterswimming.com Open Water Swimming]
 
* [http://www.wowsa.org World Open Water Swimming Association]
 
* [http://www.wowsa.org World Open Water Swimming Association]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/05/the-california-open-water-swimming-oasis.html The California Open Water Swimming Oasis]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/05/the-california-open-water-swimming-oasis.html The California Open Water Swimming Oasis]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/06/inequality-in-open-water-part-1.html Inequality In The Open Water, Part 1]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/07/inequality-in-open-water-part-1.html Inequality In The Open Water, Part 1]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/06/duo-benefits-being-engaged-while.html Duo Benefits: Being Engaged While Swimming]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/07/duo-benefits-being-engaged-while.html Duo Benefits: Being Engaged While Swimming]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/08/diana-nyad-shifts-from-water-to-dryland.html Diana Nyad Shifts From Water To Dryland On EverWalk]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/08/diana-nyad-shifts-from-water-to-dryland.html Diana Nyad Shifts From Water To Dryland On EverWalk]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/08/you-are-not-alone-walking-from-los.html You Are Not Alone Walking From Los Angeles To San Diego]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/08/you-are-not-alone-walking-from-los.html You Are Not Alone Walking From Los Angeles To San Diego]
 
* [https://www.instagram.com/everwalkusa/ @EverWalk]
 
* [https://www.instagram.com/everwalkusa/ @EverWalk]
 
* [http://everwalk.com/ EverWalk]
 
* [http://everwalk.com/ EverWalk]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/10/ida-elionsky-leaves-legacy-in-open-water.html Ida Elionsky Leaves A Legacy In The Open Water]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/10/ida-elionsky-leaves-legacy-in-open-water.html Ida Elionsky Leaves A Legacy In The Open Water]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/10/trump-versus-clinton-part-4-of-4.html Trump versus Clinton, Part 4 of 4]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/10/trump-versus-clinton-part-3-of-3.html Trump versus Clinton, Part 3 of 3]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/10/diana-nyad-bonnie-stoll-to-start.html Diana Nyad, Bonnie Stoll To Start EverWalk On Sunday]
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* [http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/10/diana-nyad-bonnie-stoll-to-start.html Diana Nyad, Bonnie Stoll To Start EverWalk On Sunday]
* [http://dailynews.openwaterѕwimming.com/2016/11/vastly-underestimating-capabilities.html Vastly Underestimating Capabilities, Learning How To Fish]
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Diana Nyad swimming from Cuba to Florida
Diana Nyad, promotional photo
Find A Way, a memoir by Diana Nyad
Diana Nyad, author of Find a Way
Diana Nyad's Find A Way is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association for its WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe
Diana Nyad in her stinger suit on her fourth attempt from Cuba to Florida. Photo by Christi Barli.

Diana Nyad (born 22 August 1949) is an endurance swimmer, professional marathon swimmer, author, journalist, and motivational speaker.

Honors

Professional Marathon Swimming Career

Solo Swims

In September 2013, Nyad was the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Her five attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida were the subject of a documentary film, The Other Shore. Her newest book is Find a Way, her memoirs about these Cuba swims. Find a Way is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Journalism Career

Nyad formerly hosted a weekly five-minute radio piece on sports for KCRW called 'The Score' (heard during KCRW's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered"), as well as for the Marketplace radio program. She also formerly hosted the public radio program "The Savvy Traveler" and was a sports broadcaster for National Public Radio, ABC's Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times.

Cuba to Florida Swims

Diana Nyad swimming in the Straits of Florida. Photo by Christi Barli

Since the late 1970s, it was Nyad's Xtreme Dream to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida.

First Attempt: August 1978

Nyad first attempted to swim from Havana to Key West in 1978, at age 28, aided by a shark cage. After 42 hours, she was pulled from the water by team personnel.

Second Attempt: August 2011

Nyad attempted her second Cuba-Florida swim 33 years after her first attempt. She utilized shark shields but not a shark cage. After being pushed off course by strong cross-currents, she called off the attempt after 29 hours, at N 23 degrees 43.975' W 81 degrees 58.143' or 56.16 statute miles (48.8 nautical miles, 90.3776 km).

Third Attempt: September 2011

Nyad attempted the swim again approximately six weeks later. This time, she was pulled from the water after 37 hours due to jellyfish stings and strong cross-currents.

Nyad was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year for her two attempts at swimming 103 miles from Cuba to Florida across the Straits of Florida at the age of 62 where she was ravaged by Box jellyfish.

Fourth Attempt: August 2012

Diana Nyad's box jellyfish stings from her Cuba swim in 2011 by Christi Barli

Nyad began her fourth attempt on August 18, 2012.

Fifth Attempt: 2013

On 31 August 2013 at 8:59 am local time, Nyad began her fifth attempt to swim the Straits of Florida. 52 hours, 54 minutes later, 1:53 pm local time on 2 September, she walked ashore at Key West.

Her claims are widely contested by the marathon swimming community, but celebrated worldwide.

In an extensive discussion many questions were raised by the members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum discussion about feeding, currents, timing, observers and assistance. These included analysis of the swim time and speeds by Andrew Malinak which indicated a faster than world record pace occurring over thirty hours into the swim.

A "review panel" teleconference populated by many well-known individual marathon swimmers and the members of the Diana Nyad team was held just over a week after the claimed end date of the swim, where many issues were discussed. When questioned about the lack of qualified observers, despite decades in the sport, Ms. Nyad said that she was unaware of the requirements. The speed was explained by navigator John Bartlett as an irregular current that runs counter to the normal south-west to north-east flow of the Florida Strait currents and of which there is no other record and no satellite record during the time period of the swim. Diana Nyad asserted no knowledge of pre-swim offers of assistance in setting up a Cuba to Florida swim association by IMSHOF member and honor administrator Ned Denison. Others who were on the same circulation confirmed receipt. Other issues were also discussed.

No public statement from the Review Panel was issued. Some individual panel members, all experienced marathon swimmers, have given a range of opinions from support to dismissal of her swim and claims. During the review panel repeated statements were made that actual hard data including charts and Observer's Logs would be subsequently released. No such disclosure of any supporting data or documentation has yet been made despite claims to the contrary by Diana Nyad or team members. The documentary The Other Shore, released within weeks of the swim, does not contain any footage from during the claimed successful swim.

Repeatedly since the swim, Diana Nyad has claimed a world record without any clarification of what record is being claimed and the lack of any Awarding Organisation. Two people have previously done assisted swims from Cuba to Florida and lack of any awarding organisation. In a marathonswimmers.org vote on the simple matter of Assisted or Unassisted members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum overwhelmingly voted in favor of Assisted. This would make Diana Nyad neither the first or fastest Assisted (not marathon) Cuba to Florida swimmer. No vote was held on the question of the legitimacy of her swim.

In a reddit.com AMA interview in January of 2014, Diana Nyad has continued to claim a world record and untruthfully asserted that she and her team answered all panel questions.

Most of the questions raised by experienced marathon swimmers worldwide remain unanswered. As of 2018, the swim has not been ratified or authenticated by any official swimming governing body.

Early Marathon Swims

In her twenties, she raced on the professional marathon swimming circuit and did her own adventurous solo swims.

She swam around the world for ten years, swimming 40 km (25-mile) in the Suez Canal in Egypt, 35.4 km (22-mile) in the Nile River, 51.4 km (32-mile) along the Mexican coast, 41.8 km (26-mile) in the Parana River in Argentina, 32 km (20-mile) in the Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy, 49.8 km (31-mile) from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean Sea, 80.4 km (50-mile) along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and 51.4 km (32-mile) in Lake Ontario. She also participated in the 24 Heures La Tuque (or Le Marathon de 24 Heures de La Tuque), a non-stop 24-hour professional marathon relay in Quebec, Canada together with Gaston Paré, and is a member of the 24-hour club.

On 31 August 1974, Nyad became the first person to cross Lake Ontario from north to south in 18 hours 20 minutes, during her attempt to complete the first two-way crossing as she was accompanied by Cliff Lumsdon. The swim was documented in her book, Other Shores. In August 1979, Nyad swam 60 miles from the Bahamas to Florida.

In 2013 NYCSwim Director Morty Berger NYCSwim Bio Link indicated on the New York Times website that since the 1970's NYCSwim had been trying to stop Diana Nyad falsely claiming a Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS) record NYT link.

The Other Shore

The Other Shore, a documentary film of Diana Nyad's quest to cross the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Florida, directed by Timothy Wheeler

The Other Shore is a film about Nyad's attempts across the Straits of Florida. Created by Timothy Wheeler, The Other Shore follows Nyad as she comes out of a 35-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil's Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler's documentary brings Nyad's extraordinary adventure to life as she sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

Motivation

When asked her motivation for the Xtreme Dream, Diana explained, "Because I'd like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams."

Nyad’s second attempt to complete this swim has gained the attention of thousands of supporters, including the official sponsorship by Secret Deodorant, which has created an entire social platform on Facebook for fans to share encouraging messages and support.

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominations

2012

Nyad was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. Her World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Charismatic and colorful. Engaging and eloquent. Persistent and popular. There are many adjectives to describe the well-known swimmer who has been attempting to swim from Cuba to Florida since 1978, but her love of the challenge and a deeply felt commitment to living her dream are in her DNA. While her attempts are reported widely in the press, it is her long hours of training that form the basis of her athleticism. Her inner drive to swim 5, 10, 15, and 20+ non-stop hours – repeatedly – as a 63-year-old enables her to keep her dream alive. Outside the swimming community, she is able to explain open water swimming and all its challenge in an educational and entertaining manner to the public. The popular motivation speaker wows non-swimming audiences with the allure of her Cuba Swim, the esoteric world of open water swimming, and its relationship to their own life goals. For her uncanny ability to connect with millions of non-swimmers, for her ability to live large, step on the accelerator and continue to seek her dreams at an age where most are slowing down, Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

2013

Nyad was also nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

Nyad's nomination reads:

Few people in the world fail at something four times, and try again. Even fewer people fail at something for 35 years, and keep trying. But Diana Nyad kept her athletic dream alive for decades and finally achieved it at the age of 64. The charismatic media magnet and a former professional marathon swimmer from the 1970s dreamed, plotted, planned, and willed her way across 110 miles in the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Florida. 52 hours after swimming from shore to shore, her Xtreme Dream was finally realized. Faced with non-believers even among her team, she dramatically demonstrated why it is important to never give up on a dream no matter what your age. For her patience, for her belief in herself and her team, and for her relentless pursuit of a lifetime goal in the face of widespread doubt, Diana Nyad is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.

2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees

Diana Nyad's Find A Way for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association along with the following nominees:

1. Axis Buoy by FINIS (U.S.A.)
2. Best Places To Swim by Orca (New Zealand)
3. Chillswim Coniston by Chillswim (Great Britain)
4. Find A Way by Diana Nyad (U.S.A.)
5. IOLITE by Stephen Holm, Raymond Rogers, Justin Peck (U.S.A.)
6. Lake Geneva Swimming Association by Ben Barham (Switzerland)
7. Madswimmers Charity Swims by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı (Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim) by the National Olympic Committee of Turkey (Turkey)
9. Sting No More™ by Dr. Angel Yanagihara (U.S.A.)
10. Swim Across America (U.S.A.)
11. SwimCross (Switzerland)
12. SwimEars® by Hans Henrik Heming (Denmark)
13. Swimmit by Ivan Peralta (Spain)
14. SwimTrack by Evan Morrison (U.S.A.)
15. WEST (Water World Swimming Therapy) (Israel)
16. World Ice Swimming Championships (Russia)

2015 WOWSA Award Nomination

Find A Way by Diana Nyad
Diana Nyad wrote her memoirs about her tenacious 52 hour 54 minute swim from Havana, Cuba to the shores of Florida across the Gulf Stream and the Straits of Florida. Although her Cuba swim is the focus of the 304-page book, all kinds of lifetime experiences and recollections keep readers engaged throughout. Her eloquence comes through loud and clear as readers can derive a number of inspirational messages on how they can reach their own shores – no matter what the age or goals of the reader. For triumphantly completing her dream to dramatically swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64, for sharing her difficult, multi-decade path to realize this dream and infusing her story with all kinds of heart-felt advice, and for always encouraging and showing others how to chase their dreams no matter what their age, Diana Nyad’s Find A Way is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Videos

EverWalk

Nyad talks about her next goal, The Walk.

How to Swim from Cuba to Florida

How to Swim from Cuba to Florida is a documentary film by Thiago Da Costa and Timothy Wheeler:

Dancing With The Stars

Nyad danced with Henry Byalikov on the 18th season of Dancing With The Stars.

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

She was named to the list of World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015.

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Publications

Nyad has written four books:

  • Find A Way won the International Autobiography of the Year in Sports Writing & Publishing from the Cross Sports Book Awards in June 2017.
  • Other Shores is the story of a woman who fulfilled her psychological and emotional goals by pushing her body to its physical limits, published in 1978.
  • Diana Nyad's Basic Training For Women includes a detailed physical fitness program which emphasizes aerobic activity, stretching exercises, and weight training and provides understanding and emotional support for pursuing physical fitness goals, published in September 1981 by Rh Value Publishing.
  • Boss Of Me, The Keyshawn Johnson Story

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