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    Thumbs up SHE DID IT! US swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, makes historic Cuba-Florida crossing

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-lati...03#TWEET876219

    2 September 2013 Last updated at 14:07 ET

    US swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, makes historic Cuba-Florida crossing

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    Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage.

    After about 53 hours' non-stop swimming, the 64-year-old American reached Key West, Florida, escorted by boats and her team of 35 people.

    Ms Nyad, who left a Havana yacht club early on Saturday, had vowed this would be her final attempt to cross the 103-mile (166-km) wide Florida Straits.

    Her four other tries - one in 1978, two in 2011 and one in 2012 - failed.

    Ms Nyad walked out of the water on to the beach at just before 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on Monday.
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    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/...rida-swim.html

    SPORTS -- SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 AT 2:00 PM EDT
    Nyad's Feet Touch Sand, Swimmer Completes Historic 110-Mile Swim
    BY: JENNY MARDER

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    As she walked onto Smathers Beach in Key West, supported by assistants and looking dazed and unsteady, she raised a finger and said:

    "I have three messages. One is you should never never give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team."
    Last edited by dardar1126; 09-02-2013 at 08:20 PM.

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    60 is the new 40. Or 32. Mebbe 27. Or sumpin'.

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    WOO HOO!!! I so admire her tenacity--to have tried and tried and failed and failed and finally, she succeeded in doing something that nobody--man or woman--has ever done. Awesome.
    BARK LESS. WAG MORE.

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    Congrats to her and job very well done.

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    I just don't understand people like her that are willing to suffer or even die to reach a unneccessary goal.
    I juess you just have to have the right kind of genes and be a type A personality.
    But congrats anyway. It was amazing.

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    Diana Nyad Talks to CNN's AC360 About Her Triumphant Cuba to Florida Swim: VIDEO http://tlrd.us/18zLeBl

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    She gets my vote for sports person of the year.

    She just proved that you are never too old if you really want to accomplish something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latte View Post
    I just don't understand people like her that are willing to suffer or even die to reach a unneccessary goal.
    I juess you just have to have the right kind of genes and be a type A personality.
    But congrats anyway. It was amazing.
    That's because you are not that type of person. I suspect Nyad would not understand your perspective either. That's why there is Vanilla, Chocolate, and Cherries Garcia ice cream. What you see as unnecessary may be another person's cause for living.

    Nyad is hardly alone. Humankind has tested its limits as long as humans have existed. Completing a 10K, half-marathon or marathon isn't a necessary goal either, but lots and lots of folks make it a goal and achieve it -- despite the hardship they might endure in the process.

    I, for one, like to challenge myself. Some of my life challenges haven't been of my choosing. But I have always come out the other side as a stronger, happier, and more appreciative person because of them. At least when I set a goal, it's of my own choosing. There are few things we can truly call our own in this life. Our personal goals are just that -- personal, of our own choosing. It's not for anyone else to understand. However, in Nyad's case, she has surely inspired many via achieving her personal goal.

    I say a BIG kudos to Nyad!

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    I first learned of Diana Nyad from Phranc's "Amazons" song, back a million years ago. Love this song:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F81S_vZYu6o
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    Stunning effort and success.

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    Besides the personal sense of achievement, there is another reason this specific goal attainment would garner significant public attention, as opposed to Dyad swimming that same distance but in a swimming pool. Humans are attracted in understanding our natural environment more and "conquering" it (not the best word, I admit, and I don't use it pejoratively). It's that human vs. nature angle.

    These feats can be used for other purposes as well--in this instance, applying study of her accomplishment to areas like boat travel, swimming endurance, body temperature, etc. It will be interesting to see if we can better understand why she was able to succeed now and not before--was it something about her or something about the water environment? So, it's not just cool because it's cool. There are practical benefits that can be derived by examining people who test the limits of their mental and physical capacities.

    I have major respect for Nyad. Yay!

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    http://www.people.com/people/article...904AM-20731153

    Diana Nyad's Next Goal: 48-Hr. Swim with Celebrities for Charity
    09/04/2013 at 06:45 AM EDT

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    Diana Nyad may have finally completed her long-held dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida, but even at an age where many people are thinking about retirement, she isn't planning to slow down.

    The 64-year-old Nyad plans to swim for 48 hours straight next month, accompanied by celebrities swimming laps alongside her, in a specially designed swimming pool that will be erected in New York City to raise money for Superstorm Sandy survivors.

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