While most people throw pool parties and have barbecues Labor Day weekend, Diana Nyad was too busy swimming from Cuba to Florida. That’s right, she swam from Cuba to Florida just a couple weeks ago without a shark cage to protect her. Diana attempted this venture four times before accomplishing it on her fifth. It took her approximately 53 hours to accomplish this journey, not to mention she did this at the age of 64 years old. In an interview with the New York Times, Diana said,
“I have three messages. One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream. Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team.”
Even though Nyad seemed a little uneasy at times, doctors did not intervene. She had multiple doctors follow her on a boat, but there was no immediate need from them to stop her. This would have been her last time attempting this swim whether she completed this journey or not, and we are so glad she did!
Her inspiring swim has landed her an interview with Oprah that will are this Sunday for the series “Super Soul Sunday”. Tune into the OWN network October 6th at 11am to hear Diana explain her courageous swim.
Photo Credit: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters/AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa
Fitness Correspondent: Stefani Romagnoli