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Hoping the third time is a charm: U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, bottom, begins her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, on Saturday. Less than a week before she turns 63 years old, Nyad launched her third bid to set an open-water record by swimming from Havana to the Florida Keys without a protective shark cage. A writer, journalist and motivational speaker, she said she hopes to inspire people of all ages to live active lives. “Instead of staying on the couch for a lifetime and letting this precious time go by, why not be bold?” she said. (Associated Press)
Hoping the third time is a charm: U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, bottom, begins her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, on Saturday. Less than a week before she turns 63 years old, Nyad launched her third bid to set an open-water record by swimming from Havana to the Florida Keys without a protective shark cage. A writer, journalist and motivational speaker, she said she hopes to inspire people of all ages to live active lives. “Instead of staying on the couch for a lifetime and letting this precious time go by, why not be bold?” she said. (Associated Press)

Diana Nyad arrived at her destination: a dream fulfilled. She is the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. Her remarks upon arrival: never give up...you are never too old to chase your dreams...and no such thing as a solitary sport - her team assisted with this amazing feat. She was quickly escorted to an aid car for transport to a local hospital to have her health assessed. Her spirits? just fine, thank you.

(S-R archives photo:  U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, bottom, began her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, on Saturday.)




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