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
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.
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
, and previouslyer
61-year-old Diana Nyad is back in the water. Again.
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.
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