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Female Athlete Breaks Record with Cuba to US Swim

Swimmer Diana Nyad adjusts her swimming cap before her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, August 31, 2013.
Swimmer Diana Nyad adjusts her swimming cap before her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, August 31, 2013.
Suzanne Presto
U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida without the protection of a shark cage.  

Diana Nyad swam for about 53 hours, covering a distance of 177 kilometers from Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba to Smathers Beach in Key West, Florida.    

Onlookers crowded around the 64-year-old swimmer when she came ashore in Key West.

Nyad's lips were swollen, and she appeared exhausted, dazed and determined when she addressed the crowd.  

"I've got three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you are never too old to chase your dreams. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it's a team," said Nyad.

Medics then escorted the record-breaker off the beach to receive medical attention.  

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Nyad Swims From Cuba to Florida Without Cagei
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September 02, 2013 7:04 PM
U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to the U.S. without a shark cage.

At points during her swim, Nyad wore a bodysuit, mask, gloves and booties to protect her from poisonous, stinging jellyfish, and she applied a so-called "sting stopper" cream to her face.

Earlier Monday, a blog post on the website that chronicled the record-breaking swim said that as Nyad treaded water, she explained to those in boats that the jellyfish mask had cut her mouth and made it difficult to speak properly. According to that post, with her goal in sight, Nyad thanked her support team for its generosity.

It was Nyad's fifth and final attempt to cross from Havana to Key West. Her first attempt was in 1978, with subsequent tries in 2011 and 2012.  

Nyad has referred to the quest as a lifelong dream.    

The athlete's other feats include swimming around the island of Manhattan and swimming from the Bahamas to Florida, both in the 1970s. 


  • Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, right, and her trainer, Bonnie Stoll hug after Nyad walks ashore in Key West, Florida, Sept. 2, 2013.
  • In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, swimmer Diana Nyad talks with her crew about three kilometers off Key West, Florida, Sept. 2, 2013.
  • This photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, shows Diana Nyad, positioned about three kilometers off Key West, Florida, Sept. 2, 2013.
  • Swimmer Diana Nyad adjusts her swimming cap before her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2013.
  • Swimmer Diana Nyad begins her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2013.
  • Swimmer Diana Nyad greets her support team before her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2013.
  • Swimmer Diana Nyad salutes before her swim from Havana, Cuba, to Florida, Aug. 31, 2013.

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by: Rocky from: Italy
September 02, 2013 11:26 PM
America's dream make you swim!!!


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 02, 2013 8:45 PM
Ms. Diana, congratulations on your great success! First never give up, second not too old to do one's dream and third not solitary but a team work. Thanks. You have a good reason to say so!!


by: Erin from: Illinois
September 02, 2013 7:36 PM
I know you're trying to be progressive or whatever, but... y'all could have just named her in the headline rather than qualifying her as a "female" athlete.


by: Bearman from: U.S.A.
September 02, 2013 6:31 PM
Donna has persevered. When she failed several times, she shook those failures off, and dived in to do it again. Thank you Donna for being an example to us all. Your photograph deserves to be next to the word persevere in the dictionary. Congrats!


by: Gustavle from: LA
September 02, 2013 5:14 PM
Remarkable!! Have you seen the trailer to Diana's film, The Other Shore? Shows what she had to go through the first four times to realize this dream. Leaves my heart in my mouth! Never Give Up!!! www.TheOtherShoreMovie.com

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