Diana Nyad Biography
Diana Nyad Sneed is an American journalist, author, long-distance swimmer, and motivational speaker. She is the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming from Havana to Key West (110 mi or 180 km) in 2013 at the age of 64 years old. She also gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan (28 mi or 45 km) and in 1979 when she swam from North Bimini, The Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (102 mi (164 km). Nyad was also once ranked thirteenth among US women squash players.
Diana Nyad Age
Nyad was born Diana Nyad Sneed on August 22, 1949, in New York City, U.S. She is 69 years old as of 2018.
Diana Nyad Family
Nyad is the daughter of William L. Sneed Jr., a stockbroker and his wife Lucy Winslow Curtis (1925–2007). Her parents divorced in 1952, after which Lucy Sneed married Aristotle Z. Nyad, a Greek-Egyptian land developer, who adopted Diana.
Diana Nyad Lesbian
Nyad is openly lesbian, She said factor in her determination while swimming was her anger about, and her desire to overcome, sexual abuse she said she experienced as a child
Diana Nyad Career
Nyad has composed four books: Other Shores (Random House: September 1978) about her life and separation swimming, Basic Training for Women (Harmony Books: 1981), Boss of Me: The Keyshawn Johnson Story (1999) about a NFL wide-beneficiary, and Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life (Knopf Publishing Group: 2015). She has additionally composed for The New York Times, NPR’s “Everything Considered,” Newsweek magazine, and different distributions. Diana and her closest companion Bonnie Stoll (previous No. 3 on the planet on the Pro Racquetball Tour) have framed an organization called BravaBody which is gone for giving on the web practice guidance to ladies more than 40, with the two world-class competitors giving direct motivation and specially crafted exercises. Starting at 2006, she likewise conveyed inspirational converses with gatherings through the Gold Star speakers office, for a charge of between $10,000 to $15,000.
Nyad some time ago facilitated the open radio program “The Savvy Traveler.” also, she was the subject of a short narrative “Diana” by the computerized direct WIGS in 2012. Starting at 2006, she was a (long-term) week after week supporter of National Public Radio’s evening news demonstrates All Things Considered (showing up on Thursdays), just as the “matter of game” pundit for American Public Media’s open radio program Marketplace business news. She was additionally a customary supporter of the CBS News network show Sunday Morning. In her 1978 personal history, Nyad depicted long distance race swimming as a fight for survival against a ruthless enemy—the ocean—and the main triumph conceivable is to “contact the other shore.”
An investigation of Nyad’s capacity to separate amid her long-distance race swims is secured by James W. Pipkin. An autonomously created narrative film, The Other Shore, was discharged in mid-2013, a few months before Nyad’s first effective swim from Cuba to Florida.
Distance swimming Career
More than two days in 1979, Nyad swam from Bimini to Florida, setting a separation record for relentless swimming without a wetsuit that still stands today. She broke various world records, including the 45-year-old imprint for surrounding Manhattan Island (7 hrs, 57 min) in 1975.
Cuba to Florida swim attempts in 2011–2013
On the morning of August 31, 2013, Nyad started her fifth offer to swim from Havana, Cuba to Florida, a separation of around 110 miles (180 km), joined by a 35-man bolster group, swimming without a shark confine however shielded from jellyfish by a silicone veil, a full bodysuit, gloves, and booties. Prior to achieving Florida, Nyad broke Penny Palfrey’s 2012 separation record for Cuba to Florida swim, putting Nyad closer to Key West than anybody swimming without a shark confine. At around 1:55 pm EDT on September 2, 2013, Nyad achieved the shoreline in Key West, around 53 hours after she started her voyage
Diana Nyad Books
- Find a Way
- Boss of me: the Keyshawn Johnson story
Diana Nyad Honors, awards and distinctions
Nyad was enlisted into the United States National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. She is additionally an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree (1978) and an ISHOF Al Schoenfield Media Award beneficiary (2002). She is a Hall of Famer at her school, Lake Forest College in Illinois, and at her secondary school, Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale.
- Nyad was awarded the first ESPN Sports Science Newton Award for Outstanding New Limit.
- Nyad was awarded the L.A. Sports Council’s Athlete of the Year award.
- She was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.
- Nyad received the Jack LaLanne Award.
- She received the “Orden al Mérito Deportivo” [Order of Sporting Merit] Award, from Cuba.
- A bronze plaque honoring Nyad was unveiled on a concrete wall bordering Smathers Beach, where she ended her successful Cuba to Florida swim.
- Nyad was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year.
- Nyad was shown in Marie Claire magazine’s “The 8 Greatest Moments for Women in Sports.”
- The book The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQ Activism by Adrian Brooks, was published; chapter 30 of the book, by Rita Mae Brown, was titled and was about Diana Nyad.
Diana Nyad Quotes
- “I wanted to teach myself some life lessons at the age of 60 and one of them was that you don’t give up.”
- “Never, ever give up. You’re never too old to chase your dreams. It looks like a solitary sport, but really a team effort”
- “I failed and faltered many times, but I can look back without regret because I was never burdened with the paralysis of fear and inaction.”
- “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
- “I’ve been living out loud the Henry David Thoreau saying: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” The quest of the Cuba”
- “Whatever your Other Shore is, whatever you must do, whatever inspires you, you will find a way to get there.”
- “Hard work and focus and will would shape my future. Nothing was meant to be.”
- “I love that aspect of sports where you can see what kind of work, how much work, an athlete’s been doing by how her body is carved.”
- “Never ever give up. You’re never too old to chase your dreams. And even if something looks like a solitary sport, it’s a team effort. Words to live by!”
- “Close your eyes, close your fists, and say, ‘I couldn’t have done it a fingernail faster.’ If you can say it and mean it, I guarantee you it will be all right, no matter what happens. No regrets.”