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Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist

At A Glance
  • First person to successfully complete the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage
  • Achieved the "Xtreme Dream," at age 64, 30 years after she had failed to finish the same route
  • Author of the 2015 memoir Find a Way
  • Reported for a number of programs and publications, including NPR, ABC's Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, New York Times and Newsweek
  • Inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame
Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete & Sports Journalist

Diana Nyad is a journalist, author, motivational speaker, and accomplished long-distance swimmer who, at the age of 64, successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, the first person to do so without a shark cage.

Nyad has been featured on and contributed to a number of sports/news radio and television programs as well as published several books and editorials in major outlets.

Nyad has never been one to quit. In July of 2010, at the age of 60, she began her "Xtreme Dream" quest of swimming from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to finish thirty years previously. When asked her motivation, she replied, "Because I'd like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams." Nyad was unsuccessful in her quest in 2010 and tried two more times in 2011 and 2012 before completing the historic swim on September 2, 2013 on her fifth and final attempt.

Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, "I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team."

Back in the 1970s, Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Her world records, such as circling Manhattan and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, have led to inductions to many Halls of Fame, including the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for ABC's "Wide World of Sports," Fox Sports, and others. Nyad formerly hosted the public radio program "The Savvy Traveler." She was a long-time contributor to NPR’s "All Things Considered," as well as the “business of sport” commentator for American Public Media's radio program Marketplace. She was also a regular contributor to the CBS News television show "Sunday Morning."

Nyad has authored four books as well as written for The New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Newsweek magazine, among other publications. Nyad has also earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker, earning standing ovations with a broad spectrum of audiences.

In her 2015 memoir, "Find a Way," Nyad engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit. She recently debuted the one-woman show, "Onward! The Diana Nyad Story," in Los Angeles and Key West. Directed and adapted by Joshua Ravetch, who helped shape Carrie Fisher's show "Wishful Drinking," Nyad’s "Onward!" has received praise among the theater community.

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