Daily Archives: August 8, 2011

Diana Nyad, 61, swimming from Havana to Key West singing Dylan songs all the way!!


After her heroic attempt to swim the 103 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida, Diana Nyad gave up her historic attempt, 29 hours after leaving Havana.  She fought against a strong wind that “blew her 15mph off course” according to one account noted on NPR, and otherwise, Nyad, who had begun to vomit was plucked from the water to forestall any worsening in her condition.  In the immediate aftermath she reportedly told the CNN crew that had followed her, “I am not sad. It was absolutely the right call.”

Diana Nyad, 61, swimming from Havana to Key West singing Dylan songs all the way!

Talk about inspiring!

Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad is on the first leg of her planned 103 mile swim from Cuba to Key West. Nyad is no stranger to long-distance swimming and completed a swim from Bimini to Juno Beach, Florida in 1979 on her 30th birthday!  Her swim was one for the record books setting the world record for open water swimming — for men and women — when she completed her 102 mile swim in 27-1/2 hours.

CNN is accompanying Nyad on her swim.  She is reportedly spending the time singing Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin songs along with thousands of renditions of the “Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

You can follow CNN on Twitter for the latest updates:  @MattCNN

Girlboxing sends a HUGE shout out to Diana Nyad!  All we can say is you rock!

Great Women’s Boxing: Ann Saccurato v. Erica Farias, WBC Lightweight Title Fight, 8/6/11

Great Women’s Boxing:  Ann Saccurato v. Erica Farias, WBC Lightweight Title fight from 8/6/11

First off, thank you Argentinian television for broadcasting Women’s Boxing — and for actually believing in the brilliance of the sport!

That confidence paid off in a great show of boxing at the Estadio Socios Fundadores, Comodoro Rivadavia in Chubut, Argentina.  And if you listen to the crowd, you’ll hear a boxing mad group of fans out in force to cheer on some fabulous boxing.

The American fighter Ann Marie Saccurato (15-6-2, 6-KO) from White Plains, NY defended her WBC Lightweight Title against Argentinian challenger Erica Farias (11-0, 6-KO) and lost the bout after the fight was stopped in the 8th round due to an accidental headbutt in the 7th.  To say she was disappointed was the understatement of the night, yet she fought admirably and hopefully will have the opportunity for a well deserved rematch.

The judges scored the bout  79-71, 78-73 and 78-72 in favor of Farias after the stoppage.

Both women were highly skilled and in great condition, though Faias had the edge through out with her lethal left hooks and brilliant combinations, not that Saccurato was by any means out of the fight, she fought tough and hard and working to tie Farias up.  Truly women’s boxing at its best.

The complete fight has been uploaded to YouTube (plus commentary in Spanish and post-fight interviews).  Action starts at about 11:00 in, though the entrances are worth watching.