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Nyad 1st to Swim to Florida
From Cuba Without Cage

Associated Press, by Jennifer Kay

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Posted By:bamapreacher, 9/2/2013 6:55:19 PM

Key West, Fla. - Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. As she approached, spectators waded into waist-high water and surrounded her, taking pictures and cheering her on. "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,

Good for her! Gutsy woman and remarkable that she did it at 64. Happy she finally made it.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: rahmitthru, 9/2/2013 7:04:33 PM     (No. 9502708)

If only she had spent all that effort on something useful.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rakasha, 9/2/2013 7:09:47 PM     (No. 9502714)

Worthwhile is in the eye of the beholder, #1.

Good for her. But I can´t help myself, I notice things like this. Nyad (naiad)? Really?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stencil, 9/2/2013 7:11:11 PM     (No. 9502715)

Rolling spheres of feces is considered useful by the dung beetle.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 9/2/2013 7:26:41 PM     (No. 9502726)

Well done, Diana! Also to some of my fellow posters: are we so far gone, so cynical, many of us can no longer enjoy these powerful statements of individual commitment and success? Diana Nyad is, and always has been, an inspiration.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Coy860, 9/2/2013 7:37:00 PM     (No. 9502731)

I congratulate her. Although I was quite the swimmer in my day, I now ONLY swim in water where I can see the bottom.
Sharing the water with sharks and jellyfish just doesn´t appeal to me. Brave lady.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 9/2/2013 7:38:48 PM     (No. 9502733)

Obviously, Nyad never heard of Sharktopus!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thewarden, 9/2/2013 7:39:58 PM     (No. 9502734)

I couldn´t do it and neither could any of you here, I bet. Geez! It is an amazing feat and good for her at any age, much less 64! Holy cow! Well done, Diana, bloody well done!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Historybuff, 9/2/2013 7:49:37 PM     (No. 9502742)

That´s my chum. . .oh wait.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 9/2/2013 8:17:20 PM     (No. 9502767)

First documented case, anyway.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: neanderthal, 9/2/2013 9:02:21 PM     (No. 9502808)

#2. Oceanids would fit this situation better. No?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: thelmalou, 9/2/2013 9:07:11 PM     (No. 9502815)

Pure awesomeness. I salute you, Ms. Nyad!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 9/2/2013 9:37:18 PM     (No. 9502841)

I think it´s amazing that she finally accomplished her life-long dream and aspiration! Kudos to her and her success.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 9/2/2013 10:01:03 PM     (No. 9502864)

Congratulations and God Bless you Diana. Guts and perseverance. A good example for all Americans.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: HPmatt, 9/2/2013 11:16:51 PM     (No. 9502940)

Was is it - the 5th time to try it, started when she was in her 20s! Churchill would be proud to know you brave and determined Lady.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Shells, 9/2/2013 11:59:36 PM     (No. 9502967)

Is it possible to be totally awed by a feat such as this and at the same time just not get why someone would be so driven to do it?

We are all so different as people. And that is wonderful.

Typed from my comfy leather couch under a cashmere blanket. No sharks in sight. Or other gross water inhabiting things.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 9/3/2013 4:46:36 AM     (No. 9503052)

An absolutely amazing feat, especially at 64. What is there in humans (some of them, at least) that makes them endure and achieve so much?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 9/3/2013 7:02:18 AM     (No. 9503115)

At 64, I´ll stay in the boat if you don´t mind. Good for Diana!

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