Nyad has never been one to quit. In July of 2010, at the age of 60, she began training for her “Xtreme Dream,” to swim 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, 2011, and in 2012. She completed the historic swim in 2013.
Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world throughout the 1970’s. She has set several world records, including circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida and is a member of the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and the New York Times. She has written three books and speaks French and Spanish fluently. Nyad has also become known as a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker.
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