She met that goal and set another: Nyad
and her Cuba swim expedition leader Bonnie Stoll have founded EverWalk, a campaign to improve health by walking.
's debut performance was a minute-long foxtrot, which she said was as daunting as swimming from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage.
Some argue that Nyad
broke those rules by wearing a protective suit to prevent jellyfish stings.
On this swim, Nyad
wore a specially designed prosthetic mask to ward off the jellyfish.
It's the longest uninterrupted open-water swim without a shark cage--marathon swimming's equivalent to Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak--and Nyad
did it without the benefit of GPS and other technology that's now allowing swimmers to push way past the limits of earlier generations.
provided a powerful and dynamic presentation, detailing her development as a swimmer and sports journalist.
holds the world record for the longest swim in history--102.5 miles (165 km) from the coast of Bimini to the Florida shore.
In Chicago's O'Hare airport waiting for a plane recently, I bought The New York Times, which had an article by Diana Nyad
, the great American swimmer, about the then-upcoming 2004 Olympics to be held in Greece.
The real issue, said NPR commentator Diana Nyad
, wasn't the fact that Louganis had AIDS but his revelation that he was gay (though he got tons of press coverage when he came out this past June at New York City's Gay Games).
2013 - American Diana Nyad
, 64, and an endurance swimmer, becomes the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.