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