Diana Nyad's Extreme Dream: One Month Later

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Those of us who followed Diana Nyad's attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 60 were filled with awe as she set out not once, but twice in her historic effort. I was fortunate enough to hear Nyad speak last week at the Women's Sports Foundation Annual dinner last week and she continues to amaze and inspire. Here's what she had to say on her blog about the Xtreme Dream a month after she failed to make it to the other shore. Of course the big question now is: Will Nyad give up on her dream? If you meet her, listen to her speak or read her blog then you'll know she's not a quitter.


It’s a month now since the Dream came crashing down. I frankly had no idea how much time, heart, energy, soul, belief went into these past two years until I didn’t make it to the other shore.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not disappointed in my preparation. The training, the crew, the decisions on weather and shark team and kayak team and navigation were all world-class. I’d do all of that again, just the same way. I’m not disappointed in my courage. Find me somebody…..ocean swimmer, Navy Seal, anybody…..who has been stung by the deadly venom of the Box Jellyfish and continued whatever they were doing. I swam not only after one outrageously painful and devastating sting, but two. Swam for 41 hours. What more can I ask of myself?

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