Diana Nyad – Dream Chaser

Posted on September 3rd, 2013, by iMinerva

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Congratulations to 64-year-old Diana Nyad on completing her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, setting a record for the longest ocean swim without flippers or a protective shark cage!

We wrote about Nyad’s attempt last year – a swim she was unable to complete because of  jellyfish stings and harsh ocean conditions.  Her first effort to set the record was in 1978 at the age of 28.  It took incredible determination, 35 years, and four additional attempts before Nyad achieved her goal.  The long-distance swimmer claimed that even though earlier efforts resulted in failures, she learned something important with each swim that allowed her to be better prepared for the next attempt.

Interviewed on CBS Morning News, Nyad noted “All of us suffer heartache… difficulties in our lives.  It doesn’t matter what you come up against.”  Nyad said her mantra as she faced new challenges throughout the swim was “Find a way, find a way.”

“Never, ever give up,” Nyad said when she was interviewed on the beach in Key West, 53 hours after starting her swim in Havana, Cuba.  “You’re never too old to chase your dreams.”

You are a true Minerva, Ms. Nyad!  We all applaud you!

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