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What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

NPR | July 18, 2014 11:35 a.m. | Updated: July 31, 2014 1:33 p.m.

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"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad

"When I stand on that shore, the main thing is, I want that destination, I want it" — Diana Nyad

Marla Aufmuth, TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Champions.

About Diana Nyad’s TedTalk

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

About Diana Nyad

From 1969 to 1979, Diana Nyad was known as the world’s best long-distance swimmer. In 1979, she finished the then-longest swim in history: 102.5 miles from Bimini to Florida. Then at age 60, she began preparing for her most ambitious swim: 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. She’d tried it once in her 20s and didn’t make it. But with a strong team and new commitment, she jumped back into the sea.

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