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Diana Nyad
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    (August 22, 1949- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Diana Sneed
    Long distance swimmer
    Set a record for longest continuous swim at 102.5 miles (1979)
    Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2003)
    Hosted the public radio show 'The Savvy Traveler'
    She was expelled from Emory University for, among other stunts, parachuting from a fourth-floor dorm window.
    While training, she ate raw meat.
    Her trainer said, 'I've never known Diana Nyad to admit she was wrong about anything, even if she was.'
    After more than two days of continual swimming, can you imagine how wrinkly she must have been?
    That 102.5 mile swim broke the men's record as well as the women's.
    When she worked as a reporter for ABC's Wide World of Sports, she was ordered not to bring her partner to company social events.
    She and racquetballer Bonnie Stoll founded Brava Body to promote fitness for women over 40.
    She wrote a series of children's books about athletes who overcame tough childhoods.
    She completed a 53 hour swim from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage, setting a new record for distance swam between Cuba and Florida (September 2, 2013).

Credit: C. Fishel

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