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Long-distance swimmer, journalist, and broadcaster
In the 1970’s, Diana Nyad earned her reputation as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Her world records, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, were cause for Diana’s induction to many Halls of Fame, including the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Through the next three decades, Diana became a prominent sports journalist and broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, USA Network, The New York Times, among other national media outlets.
Diana also owns a fitness business, BravaBody.com, with best friend Bonnie Stoll.
She has also written three books and speaks French and Spanish fluently.
In 2011, after more than 30 years out of the water, Diana once again captured the world’s attention with her gutsy attempts to become the first person to ever swim from Cuba to Florida without aid of a shark cage. Some 1.3 million fans watched as Diana bravely swam some 40 hours (two separate times), once in August, once in September, both times foiled by Mother Nature. Her drive toward Xtreme Dreams has inspired many to live their own lives with similar passion.