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It's Nyad not Naiad

64-year old distance swimmer Diana Nyad is back in the water again - and is just a few miles from completing the Cuba to Florida swim that has eluded her in several well-publicized attempts. (Previously, previously and previously.) Nyad's swim has already broken the Cuba to Florida distance record (for swimming without a shark cage). "You're never too old to chase your dream," Nyad has stated, while also noting that much of her earlier swimming career was motivated by anger at sexual abuse she suffered at the hand of a coach.
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 2, 2013 - 64 comments

The New Recreation Frontier?

Lets Swim To Work! "Centuries of boat traffic, heavy industry, sewage runoff and toxic dumping have ingrained in us the idea that urban waterways are not places for people. Even as cities have rushed to the water’s edge over the past couple of decades, building elaborate waterfront parks and esplanades, few have taken the next logical step: encouraging residents to dive in." [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 23, 2012 - 42 comments

You Gotta Admit She's Persistent

Diana Nyad is in the water again, trying to swim from Cuba to Florida. The "badass endurance swimmer," now 62 years old, is making her third recent attempt (after one try years ago), chalking it up to a persistent, competitive ego, despite her age. Among the biggest challenges she'll face: jellyfish and sharks. Twitter feed here. (previously, and previouslyer)
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 19, 2012 - 22 comments

The Mundanity of Excellence

Excellence is mundane. Excellence is accomplished through the doing of actions, ordinary in themselves, performed consistently and carefully, habitualized, compounded together, added up over time.: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers (1989) [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 30, 2012 - 9 comments

Third Time's the Charm?

61-year-old Diana Nyad is back in the water. Again. (previously) American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is making her third attempt (and second in as many months) to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, a distance of 103 miles. Her previous attempt failed after a crippling asthma attack. At the time, she swore she wouldn't try again, but a week later she was already having second thoughts. You can track her progress here.
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 23, 2011 - 26 comments

You Go, 61-year-old Girl!

Diana Nyad is in the water! One of the world's greatest long-distance swimmers from age 20 - 30, Nyad set records and was a media sensation. And then, after famously failing in a swim from Cuba to Florida (rough water sent her far off course), she quit -- and didn't swim a stroke for 30 years. As age 60 approached, however, she got remotivated to tackle the one challenge that got away. No shark cage, no wetsuit, and an estimated 60 hours of swimming to go. CNN's tracking map.
posted by BlahLaLa on Aug 7, 2011 - 41 comments

Swimming, or the lack of, in the Black American community

A recent drowning tragedy in Shreveport, Louisiana has brought to light a startling statistic in America: a majority of black youth can not swim. [more inside]
posted by nomadicink on Aug 11, 2010 - 207 comments

Swimming between continents

It's difficult to swim between most continents. But swimming between Asia and Europe is relatively easy, despite the ordeal of swimming the Mediterranean across the Bosporus, like Leander crossing the Hellespont.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jul 19, 2010 - 18 comments

Paddle from Alcatraz

The Alcatraz Swim-o-Meter calculates the time and path of your watery escape from Alcatraz, designed and built by San Francisco Dolphin Club member Kent Myers.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot on Jul 14, 2010 - 13 comments

Crossing Boston Harbor

Karen Gaffney swam Boston Harbor to raise awareness about Down syndrome. [more inside]
posted by plinth on Oct 13, 2009 - 4 comments

Wouldn't that be L'Ira di Khan?

Le Wrath Di Khan. This is too much of a geekgasm not to share. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 28, 2009 - 34 comments

Scared of love, love and swimming pools.

The racial and sexual history of the American public swimming pool.
posted by Jasper Friendly Bear on Jul 11, 2007 - 50 comments

Is that a parasite in your trunks or are you happy to see me?

Martin Strel finishes 3272-mile swim through the Amazon River. BBC has an FAQ, and here are videos of Strel passing various checkpoints. Thing to avoid while swimming in the Amazon: the toothpick fish, aka the candiru. [previously]
posted by phaedon on Apr 9, 2007 - 37 comments

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