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Diana Nyad

Author, Journalist and Long-Distance Swimmer

Diana Nyad

In the 1970s, Diana Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. In one epic feat after another, she broke time or endurance records for swimming around Manhattan Island and the span between the Bahamas and Florida, among other ocean swims. These achievements earned her membership in the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Nyad then built a successful career as a sports broadcaster, filing reports for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times. Then, at the age of 60 and having not swum a stroke in decades, she decided to take up the Cuba-to-Florida challenge that had defeated her in her 20s. It took four years and five attempts, but she finally emerged from the waters off Key West as the first person to make the 111-mile swim without the benefit of a shark cage. Nyad describes this momentous undertaking in her recent memoir, Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life.