On Monday Diana Nyad was the first woman to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. The 64-year-old endurance swimmer arrived at a Key West beach after completed her 53 hour journey. This was the her fifth try in 35 years. Diana had three lessons for the reporters. First, never give up. Second, you are never too old to chase your dreams. And third, swimming seems like a solitary sport but its actually a team effort.
Diana Nyad Previous Attempts
Diana’s first three attempts were ruined by severe weather and jellyfish attacks. (Tip: Don’t give up if you lose your first pageant) This time she was able to beat all odds with the assistance of her 35 member team. She also wore a full bodysuit, gloves, booties and a mask to protect her from jellyfish and other possible obstacles. During the swim Diana’s team of medics became concerned with her slurred speech but allowed her to continue.
Supports filled the beach to cheer on Diana as she landed in Key West. Not only was this an amazing and historic athletic feat, it was also a great message of peace and friendship between the United States and Cuba.
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