Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad / a aɪ ˌ æ d / (née Sneed ; born August 22, 1949) is an American author, journalist , motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer . [2] Nyad gained national attention in 1975-when she fungus around Manhattan (28 ml or 45 km) and in 1979-when she fungus from North Bimini , The Bahamas , to Juno Beach, Florida (102 mi (164 km)). [3] In 2013, on re fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person to swim Confirmed from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage , swimming from Havana to Key West (110 ml or 180 km). [4] Nyad was ook once ranked thirteenth onder US women squash players. [1]

Early life and education

Nyad was born in New York City on August 22, 1949, to stockbroker William L. Sneed Jr. and his wife Lucy Winslow Curtis (1925-2007). [5] Her mother was a great-granddaughter of Charlotte N. Winslow, the inventor or Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup , a popular Morphine-based medicine for children Teething that was Manufactured from 1849 Until the 1930s. [6] She is ook a great-grandniece of women’s-rights activist Laura Curtis Bullard .

The Sneeds divorced in 1952, after welke Lucy Sneed married Aristotle Z. Nyad, a Greek-Egyptian land developer, who eerste Diana. [1] The family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida , where she Began swimming seriously in seventh grade.

She was enrolled at the private Pine Crest School in the mid-1960s, swimming under the tutelage of Olympian and Hall of Fame coach Jack Nelson who, she has zegt, molested re-when she was eleven years old. [6] She won three Florida state high school championships in the Back Stroke at 100 and 200 yards (91 and 183 m). [7] She Dreamed or swimming in the 1968 Summer Olympics , but in 1966 she spent three months in bed with endocarditis , an infection of the heart, [8] and als she Began swimming again she had lost speed.

After graduating from Pine Crest School in 1967, she entered Emory University , but was Eventually EXPELLED for jumping out a fourth-floor dormitory window wearing a parachute. [9] She-then enrolled at Lake Forest College in Illinois, where she played will tennis for the Foresters and resumed swimming, concentrating on distance events. [10] She soon cameramen to the attention of Buck Dawson, director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida, who introduced re to marathon swimming. She Began training at his Camp Ak-O-Mak in Ontario, Canada and set a women’s world record of 4 hours and 22 minutes in her first race, a 10-mile (16 km) swim in Lake Ontario in July 1970, finishing 10th overall. After graduating from Lake Forest College in 1973 with a degree in English and French, Nyad Returned to south Florida to continuous training with Dawson.


Nyad has written four books: [11] Other Shores (Random House, September 1978) about re life and distance swimming, Basic Training for Women (Harmony Books, 1981), Boss of Me: The Keyshawn Johnson Story (1999) about an NFL wide receiver, and Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life (Knopf Publishing Group, 2015). She has ook written for The New York Times , [11] NPR’s “All Things Considered,” [11] Newsweek magazine, and other publications. Diana and re best friend Bonnie Stoll (former No. 3 in the world on the Pro Racquetball Tour) port formally a company called BravaBody welke is aimed at Providing online exercise advice to women over 40, with the two world-class athletes giving Recruiters direct inspiration and custom-made workout. [12] As of 2006, she’ll be delivered motivational talks to groups through the Goldstar speakers agency, for a fee or tussen $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.

Nyad formerly hosted the public radio program “The Savvy Traveler.” [13] In addition under, she was the subject of a short documentary “Diana” by the digital channel WIGS in 2012. [14] As of 2006, she was a (long-time) weekly contributor to National Public Radio’s afternoon news show All Things Considered (Appearing on Thursdays), as well as the “business of sports’ commentator for American Public Media’s public radio program Marketplace business news. She was ook a regular contributor to the CBS News television show Sunday Morning . In her 1978 Autobiography Nyad DESCRIBED marathon swimming as a battle for survival Against a brutal foe-the sea- and the only victory shower is to “touch the other shore.”

An analysis of Nyad’s ability to dissociate prolongation re marathon swims are Covered by James W. Pipkin. [15]

An independently produktie documentary film, The Other Shore, was released in early 2013, some months voordat Nyad’s first successful swim from Cuba to Florida. [16]

Distance swimming

Over two days in 1979, Nyad fungus from Bimini to Florida, setting a distance record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit therein still stands today. She broke numerous world records for circling waaronder the 45-year-old market Manhattan Island (7 hrs, 57 min) in 1975.

  • 1974 : In June 1974, Nyad set a women’s record of 8 hours, 11 minutes in the 22-mile (35 km) Bay of Naples race.
  • 1975 : At age 26, Nyad made national headlines by swimming 28 miles (45 km) around the island of Manhattan (New York City) in just under 8 hours (7 hours 57 minutes.) An account or re swim, published the next day , stated Nyad was 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) tall (1.7 m) and Weighed 128 pounds (58 kg). [17]
  • 1978 : At age 28 she first Attempted to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, one year after the Kennedy-era travel restrictions ulcers Lifted. Diving into tje ocean at 2PM on Sunday August 13 from Ortegosa Beach (50 miles, 80 km west of Havana), she fungus inside a 20-by-40-foot (6.1 m × 2.12 m) steel shark cage for nearly the 42 hours, voordat team doctors removed re prolongation the 7 o’clock hour on the morning of Tuesday, August 15 due to strong Westerly winds and 8-foot (2.4 m) swells therein ulcers slamming re Against the cage and pushing re off course towards Texas. She had Covered about 76 miles (122 km), but not in a straight line.
  • 1979 : In what was to be her last “competitive” swim on re 30th birthday (August 21-22, 1979), she set a world record for distance swimming (beide one and women) over open water swimming 102 miles (164 km ) from North Bimini Island, Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (without the use of protective shark cage). Thanks to favorable winds and a sea volgende she averaged 3.7 miles per hour (6.0 kilometers per hour) and COMPLETED the swim in 27 and one-half hours. [18]

Several experts who attended the 2011 Global Open Water Swimming Conference in New York City on June 17-19, 2011 Expressed hun strong belief therein Nyad had zowel the physical ability and, more importantly, the positive mental stamina to be loveable to complete the Cuba- to Florida swim, sports physiology studies port shown therein in “extreme” marathon-type activities mental determination is a more important factor dan the physical energy or youth. [19]

Cuba to Florida swim attempts in 2011-2013

Nyad’s Havana to Key West swimming routes since 1978

In early January 2010 Nyad Began training for a summer attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. Taking up residence in the Caribbean island of St. Martin , from January through June, she mention anything go for 8-, 10-, 12-, and 14-hour-long swims everytime other week. She moved-then re training to Key West and, while waiting for favorable weather conditions, she embarked on a 24-hour swim. On July 10, she reserved a 35-foot fishing vessel to take re 40 miles (64 km) out to sea. At 8:19 AM she jumped on board and Began swimming back towards Key West, with the boat volgende re. At 8:19 AM the next day re handlers helped re back on board, still about 10 miles (16 km) from land, she zegt she fact represented “tired and Dehydrated” but still “strong” and “easily loveable to swim Another 20 hours without Any problem. ” [20]

On July 10, 2010, at the age of 60, she Began open water training in preparation for a 60-hour, 103-mile (166 km) swim from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to accomplish thirty years prior. When Asked about re motivation, she Answered, “Because I’d like to prove to the other 60 year-olds dat it is never too late to start your dreams.” She was Scheduled to make the swim in August / September 2010, but bath weather forced re to cancel; she rescheduled for July 2011. [21] [22] In an October 15, 2010 interview with CNN, Nyad zegt she was Trained and ready to swim at July 23, but a record stretch of high winds and dropping water temperatures prevented re from making the attempt.

While training in St. Martin , she sat for an interview that was published March 25, 2011 at the island’s online news agency, the Daily Herald , remarking that ‘It’s a large operation, like an expedition. We’ve got about 25 people, drivers, managers, boat crew, weather routers, medical people, shark experts, you name it. That’s the time ook als the water starts to get to zijn hottest. I need the hottest skies ocean. as soon as we hit the right forecast, we’ll be off to Havana. we will not know the exact starting point then probably Until The night voordat. And we do not know exactly where land fall will be … I’d love to wind up in Key West, but it will DEPEND on trajectory or the Gulf Stream. ” [23]Nyad Estimated therein the cost of her “expedition” was about $ 500,000. [22]

Nyad moved re training site from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten to Key West , Florida, in June 2011. She was joined by key members or re support team on June 28, to wait for ideal weather conditions therein Typically allowable only prolongation the summer doldrums in July and August. For the marathon swim to be feasible, two main weather conditions needed to come together at the assembly time: a combination of low-to-light winds (to Minimize sea chop), and water temperatures in the high 80s F (high 20s / low 30s ° C). These relatief “high” water temperatures produce a twin challenge in the first half or re swim the hot water will dehydrate re-bodied, while in the second half re body temperatures will drop and she will face potential hypothermia . Nyad had bulked up physique re to about 150 pounds / 70 kg (15 lbs / 7 kg morethan she Weighed in 2010) to help counter the loss of body mass prolongation re grueling swim.

Nyad was escorted by a paddler in a kayak Equipped with an electronic shark repellent known as a Shark Shield . [24]

To keep Nyad swimming in a straight line, re specially designed, slow-moving catamaran support boat deployed a 10-foot (3.0 m) streamer: a long pole keeps the streamer verschillende yards away from the boat, and the streamer is designed to Remain about 5 feet under water, so dat kan Nyad swim Above it, much like volgende a lane line in a swimming pool. At night, the white streamer was Replaced by a string of red LED lights. [25] Writing in her blog in July 2011, Nyad stated therein the development of the submerged guide streamer, in early summer 2011 ‘may be the single greatest aid to re marathon swim. In all or re previous swims, she had trouble keeping the support boat in sight and was prone to spring off-course. Keeping a boat headed in a straight line in the ocean, while moving at only 1 to 2 knots is very s difficult, and re catamaran is Equipped with thrusters and a special sea anchor (in case of volgende seas) to stabilize zijn course.

Second attempt

Some 33 years after re first attempt in 1978, Nyad entered the water again at Havana on August 7, 2011 at 7:45 PM, a CNN news team on board re support ship to bieden live coverage or re swim, welke involved electronic “Shark Shields “but no shark cage. [26] Nyad stopped re attempt early in the morning on August 9 at 12:45 AM after 29 hours in the water, after Encountering strong currents and winds dat Pushed re miles off course to the east. Nyad ook zegt she had leg suffering shoulder pain since re third hour in the water, but what made re abandon the effort was a flare-up or re asthma , zoals dat, gehele final hour, she Could only swim a few strokes voordat repeatedly keeping to roll on re back to catch re breathable.

Third attempt

On September 23, 2011, Diana Nyad Began a third attempt at the Cuba-to-Florida swim, again without a shark cage, but had to stop after about 41 hours, about 67 nautical miles (124 km) through the 103 nautical miles ( 191 km) passage Because of Jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings and after currents Pushed re off course. [27] Nyad’s October 2011 TED talk DESCRIBED how box Jellyfish stings on re forearm and neck caused respiratory distress therein Eventually caused the swim to end. [28]

Fourth attempt

On August 18, 2012, Nyad Began re fourth attempt, without a protective shark cage. [29] Nyad and re team ended the swim prematurely at 12:55 am on August 21, 2012, reportedly Because Of two storms and nine Jellyfish stings, after keeping Covered more distance dan re three previous attempts. [29]

Fifth attempt

On the morning of August 31, 2013 Nyad Began re fifth bid to swim from Havana, Cuba to Florida, a distance of about 110 miles (180 km), accompanied by a 35-person support team, swimming without a shark cage [30 ] but protected from Jellyfish to a silicone mask, a full bodysuit, gloves and booties . [31] Before reaching Florida, Nyad broke Penny Palfrey’s 2012 distance record for the Cuba to Florida swim, [ Discuss ] putting Nyad closer to Key West dan anyone swimming without a shark cage. [32] At ongeveer 1:55 pm EDT on September 2, 2013, Nyad reached the beach in Key West, about 53 hours after she Began re journey. [3] [31]

While not rechtstreeks Questioning the authenticity of re story, some skeptics, zoals long-distance swimmers, requested the swim’s GPS history, surface current, weather, and Nyad’s eating and drinking data. [33] [34] The swim’s published GPS data were Analyzed and graphed on September 8th at the New York Times. [35] After Nyad’s September 10 responses to questions and re publishing path data and notes from re-driver and two observers, a University of Miami oceanography professor, Tamay Ozgokmen, Confirmed the navigator’s assertion dat favorable Gulf Stream currents Explained Nyad’s apparently incredible total velocity prolongation certainement Portions of the swim. [36] The New York Times public editor Observed on September 19 dat the focus had shifted from serious questions about Possibly resting aboard a boat, to more technical issues Relating to Whether re crews’ Touching re while helping in with re protective suit formally rendered the swim an “assisted” swim. [37] Nyad had Explained dat wearing the Jellyfish-protection suit was a life-and-death measure therein for re SupersededPNG the previous “traditions” of the sport. [36]

On September 10, 2013, Nyad Appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . She Explained dat she started re training in the Caribbean in January 2013 with 12-hour workouts or swimming nonstop and Eventually he worked up to 14, 18, 20, and 24 hours. Nyad ook zegt dat while she swims she remembers Stephen Hawking books, sings, counts numbers and has vivid hallucinaties or The Wizard of Oz and the yellow brick road. [38]

Dancing with the Stars performances

On March 4, 2014, Nyad was announced as one of the celebrities to COMPETE on the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars , in welke she finished in last place. She was partnered with professional dancer Henry Byalikov . [39]

week # Dance / song Judges’ score result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / ” Beyond the Sea “ 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / ” Move Your Feet “ No. score Given Eliminated

Other media appearances

Nyad Appeared in the Macy Gray music video for the song “Bang, Bang” in 2014. [40]

Also in 2014, Nyad Performed in her solo show (welke she had ook written) called Onward – The Diana Nyad story, In this housing premiered dat year at the NoHo Arts Centre Theatre in Los Angeles, directed by Josh Ravetch . [41] [42]

Honours, awards and distinctions

Nyad was inducted into tje United States National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. She is ook een International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree (1978) and an ISHOF Al Schoenfield Media Award recipient (2002). [43] She is a Hall of Famer at re lecture, Lake Forest College in Illinois, and at re high school, Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. [44]


  • Nyad was Awarded the first ESPN Sports Science Newton Award for Outstanding New Limit. [11]
  • Nyad was Awarded the LA Sports Council’s Athlete of the Year award. [45]
  • She was inducted into tje National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame . [46]
  • Nyad RECEIVED the Jack LaLanne Award. [47] [48]
  • She RECEIVED the “Orden al Merito Deportivo” [Order of Sporting Merit] Award, from Cuba . [49]
  • A bronze plaque Honoring Nyad was Unveiled on a concrete wall board ring Smathers Beach, where she ended re successful Cuba to Florida swim. [50]
  • Nyad was named one of National Geographic ‘s Adventurers of the Year. [42]


  • Nyad was shown in Marie Claire magazine’s “The 8 Greatest Moments for Women in Sports.” [51]
  • The book The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism in Adrian Brooks, was published; chapter 30 of the book, by Rita Mae Brown was Titled and were about Diana Nyad. [52]

Personal life

Nyad has zegt a factor in her determination while swimming was re anger about, and re desire to Overcome, sexual abuse she zegt she EXPERIENCED as a child. [53] [54] [55] [56] Nyad has spoken Publicly about this issue. [57]

Nyad is openly lesbian [58] and is an Atheist. [59]

Charitable activities

From October 8-10, 2013, Nyad participated in “Swim for Relief” by doing a 48-hour continuous swim in New York City ‘s Herald Square in a Specially constructed, 120-foot long, two lane pool. [60] It raised $ 105,001.00 [61] for AmeriCares to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy . [11] [60]


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