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Diana Nyad

Born Aug 22, 1949

Diana Nyad 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 (date not given). 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.… Read More

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  • Swimmer Diana Nyad On Neil Young
    Wall Street Journal - Dec 29, 2015
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    'out 100' Responses Are Telling And Useful
    Huffington Post - Nov 17, 2015
  • The Invincible Diana Nyad
    Wall Street Journal - Oct 24, 2015
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    What It Took Me 68 Years To Do
    The Huffington Post - Oct 14, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Diana Nyad.


1949 Birth Nyad was born in New York City on August 22, 1949 to stockbroker William Sneed and his wife Lucy Curtis. … Read More


1967 17 Years Old After graduating from Pine Crest School in 1967 she entered Emory University, but was thrown out of school for jumping out a fourth-floor dormitory window wearing a parachute. … Read More


1970 20 Years Old 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 swim in Lake Ontario in July 1970 (finishing 10th overall). … Read More


1986 36 Years Old Diana Nyad was inducted into the United States' National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 2003 was honored with her induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


2006 56 Years Old According to her "Speaker Bio" posted for the Gold Star Speakers Bureau in 2006, she is also a Hall of Famer at both her college, Lake Forest College in Illinois (where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa), and at her (private) high school, Pine Crest School in Ft. … Read More


By early January 2010 Nyad determined to begin working out for a summer attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. … Read More
While training in St. Maarten, she sat for an interview that was published March 25, 2011 by the island's online news agency, The Daily Herald, remarking that "It's a large operation, like an expedition. … Read More
In 2012, she was the subject of the short documentary "Diana" by the digital channel WIGS.
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