Diana Nyad


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Diana Nyad (born August 22, 1949 in New York City, New York) is an American author, journalist, and long-distance swimmer noted for her world-record endurance championships. She was once ranked 30th among U.S. women squash players.

Over two days in 1979, Nyad swam from Bimini to Florida, setting a distance record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit that still stands today. She broke... more »

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  • ''From age eleven to age sixteen I lived a spartan life without the usual adolescent uncertainty. I wanted to be the best swimmer in the world, and there was nothing else.''
    Diana Nyad (b. 1949), U.S. long-distance swimmer. Other Shores, ch. 2 (1978).
  • ''If you want to touch the other shore badly enough, barring an impossible situation, you will. If your desire is diluted for any reason, you'll never make it.''
    Diana Nyad (b. 1949), U.S. long-distance swimmer. Other Shores, ch. 7 (1978).
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