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Diana Nyad
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Diana Nyad

Record-Breaking Endurance Athlete and Sports Journalist
FEE RANGE: $35,000–$50,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: California
For ten years (1969-1979), Diana Nyad was known as the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. In 1979, she stroked the then-longest swim in history, making the 102.5-mile journey from the island of Bimini (Bahamas) to Florida. She also broke numerous world records, including what had been a 50-year mark for circling Manhattan Island, setting the new time of 7 hrs 57 min. She is a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. At age 60, having not swum a stroke in decades, she began planning for her white whale of distance swims: the 110-mile ocean crossing between Cuba and Florida. At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim. Nyad has been involved with a number of charitable causes including overcoming obesity, child abuse, sexual abuse, and hurricane Sandy relief.

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