Diana Nyad Swims From Cuba To Florida

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Sep. 03, 2013

You know when you swim in a pool for about 15 seconds and then you stop because you're about to die from being out of breath? Well, Diana Nyad laughs at you because she just swam 114 miles from Cuba to Florida.

The 64-year-old completed the journey on her fifth attempt (she tried in 1978, 2011, and 2012). It took her 53 hours to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida.

Her team would give her peanut butter sandwiches and water.

She didn't have a net, but had other sources of protection. Her team folowed her to help motivate and feed her as well as keep her safe. One boat had a line in the water that helped her stay on track. Another boat had equipment that created a faint electrical field around her to keep sharks away.

The view of Key West that gave Nyad hope she could make it.

 

Two miles out, her team motivates her to keep going.

 

Upon landing on the beach, amongst fans and spectators, she exclaimed "I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up, Two is, you're never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team."

Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to start training to became that NBA player I always wanted to be. Actually, I'll do that after lunch.

- Mark (follow on Twitter!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 comments
Hoofster
Hoofster User

Never in a million years would I expect a woman of her age or physique to conquer that swim. Absolutely unreal!

Break.com
Break.com

Vic Because he knows how to wear a cowboy hat.

fourtony
fourtony User

Next she'll get her own juicer, named after herself, but will be brought to you by Jack LaLanne.

Tj Veno
Tj Veno

Cubans baby !!!!!!!!!

Mizogucci
Mizogucci User

Why is this news? Cubans have been doing this for 30 years.

Mrfuslas
Mrfuslas User

Amazing, trolls should just stay away. I'd like to see how you all would look after spending 53 hours  in salt water. See this is the problem with youth today, no respect. 

Vic Cleator
Vic Cleator

then why do they keep calling an actor john wayn a hero

Bret Spencer
Bret Spencer

I don't understand, Cubans have been doing this for decades...what's the accomplishment?

Kerri-Pool-709
Kerri-Pool-709 User

110 miles in 52 hours and 54 minutes. WOW.. I can't even imaging WALKING for that long, let alone SWIMMING. That is absolutely amazing!

TopGunTrophey
TopGunTrophey User

I see that picture and want to wash my hair ASAP

Michael Cryan
Michael Cryan

The lesson Heroic or not, is to keep the dream alive.

Break.com
Break.com

Totally agree. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes!

Todd Sadler
Todd Sadler

So what?!? The Cubans have been doing this for years! They're probably laughing at her!

Marco Schran
Marco Schran

new idol for thousands of immigrants from around the world...

Jake Longson
Jake Longson

Okay so she accomplished a great feat... calling her a hero... a little much. How about the police, firefighters, our military... those are the hero's

Chris Bowery
Chris Bowery

What was impressive is that she had 7 family members on her back.

Gabe Jimenez
Gabe Jimenez

she was later arrested for illegally crossing the border.

Billyraymontana
Billyraymontana User

they don't call her diana the dolphin for nothing

KKTPP
KKTPP UserTop Commenter

good job grandma!

David-Taylor-52
David-Taylor-52

Seriously, doing this at any age is insane...but at 64 that's just out of this world crazy...

treyert
treyert User

@Mrfuslas You, sir, are the shining beacon in the sea of turds!

justhefacts
justhefacts UserTop Commenter

@Bret Spencer 

On inner tubes. 

doggin6
doggin6 UserTop Commenter

@Bret Spencer  .....umm that no one has actually done this before...she was the first. 

eat_a_dick_bitch
eat_a_dick_bitch User

@Kerri-Pool-709 I once walked 20 miles in about 3hrs. And that was really huffing it too. I had cramps for days from that, I can't imagine what this lady did, she's quite a unique person.

treyert
treyert User

@Jake Longson Whose?

Mrfuslas
Mrfuslas User

@Jake Longson Please inform me where it states anyone calling her a "hero"? Did you even read it?