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Diana Nyad begins new attempt at swim record
September 22nd, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Diana Nyad begins new attempt at swim record

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad hugged friends and waved at admirers at Havana’s Hemingway Marina before she jumped in the water at 6:04 p.m., hoping her third attempt to swim to Florida would end in success.

“I think at the age of 62 I honestly believe I'm in the best shape of my whole life, not just of the last two years,” she told reporters.

She expects the 100-plus mile swim to take close to 60 hours. That would put her into Florida sometime Monday.

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Nyad attempted this swim in early August and had to be pulled from the water after some 60 miles, and almost 29 hours of swimming. She blamed a shoulder injury she suffered early in the journey, and an 11-hour-long asthma attack. Nyad says she believes the asthma attack followed an allergic reaction to pain medication she took for the shoulder injury.

But Friday, Nyad said she was confident the issues have been resolved, and she has what it takes.

“The asthma took me down, but ironically enough, that 29-hour swim was like a very, very expensive training swim,” she said.

This time, her 30-person team has injections for asthma just in case.

Nyad was subdued but determined as she greased up ahead of the swim.

“Not that I was ever cocky, but having been through this now and been so deeply and emotionally disappointed, I don’t want to take anything for granted,” she said.

Watch CNN documentary: Diana Nyad's Xtreme Dream

In an interview several weeks after the August attempt, she told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta she was still strong, and was not ruling out another attempt.

In her own words: Diana's journey

"I am capable of swimming from Cuba to Florida, and I will give it up, if I just can't make it," she said, "but I didn’t prove that to myself in this particular swim."

To attempt this swim again, Nyad said she would need good weather, calm waves and warm water, though she was willing to swim in slightly less optimal conditions than she once thought she needed.

"I used to have almost a paranoia of waiting for the (ocean) surface to be (completely) flat," she told Gupta. "(During the August attempt) we were out in some slappy waves, and it wasn’t fun, and you can’t glide across the surface, but I can make it."

Nyad’s tenacity has inspired many, but on Friday she said no matter what the outcome this time, she doesn’t think there will be a fourth attempt.

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  1. Daveinla.

    I got a better idea towaste time...watching paint dry.

    September 23, 2011 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Connie Andrews

    Hooray for Diana Nyad – no matter what age! The wimpy negative comments here mean nothing . . . this woman is jumping in the ocean to accomplish her goal. I seriously doubt she cares what anyone else thinks right now. A second attempt this soon shows an incredible toughness of mind, body and soul. She has her eye on the finish line and I will applaud her every stroke in the sea.

    September 23, 2011 at 16:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Pierce

    And another thing: I trust you have support craft so our Coast Guard doesn't have to invest money, manpower and time to help you if you encounter problems.
    Publicity w h o r e.

    September 23, 2011 at 16:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daveinla.

      haaaaa.

      September 23, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      nettamenente srpreioue alla media dei giochi attuali x wii, ma nettamente inferiore alle controparti nextgen (graficamente parlando).le texture di mostri e ambienti sono inguardabili (persino quelle precalcolate sono talvolta senza AO o GI), le geometrie low-low-low poly roba da PS1.se avr ancora la wii lo comprer perch mi piacciono i giochi cos , ma non lo osanner come la manna dal cielo come i fanboys che a furia di vedere giochetti fumettosi perdono di vista che tecnologicamente siamo nel 2008.diciamo che se le potenzialit del wii sono proprio tutte qui forse meglio davvero che escano solo i giochi fumettosi popolati di mii.

      April 8, 2012 at 20:01 | Report abuse |
  4. logikflux

    The satellite is going to hit her in the middle of the swim,...

    September 23, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Planktonic

      Why isnt she carrying a person of color on her back – is she a racist? Does Roland know about this?

      September 23, 2011 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
  5. snowdogg

    Good luck and godspeed!

    September 23, 2011 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • whatever

      Hope she doesn't get hit by that satellite.

      September 23, 2011 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
    • Questionable

      Why is this "health" news?

      September 24, 2011 at 01:58 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Why is it health news? It's about physical endurance and overcoming health-related issues.

      September 24, 2011 at 03:43 | Report abuse |
  6. failed guy

    I am a 32 year old guy didn't pass my cpa exam on my 1st attempt and gave up my dream becoming a cpa. after reading the story no way, I will study harder and will pass it. thanks all.

    September 23, 2011 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob The CPA

      Tell your family you'll be tied up for about seven months. Take an evening review class for six months before the test, and take off the week before the exam to study. Then you'll be a winner your whole life.

      September 23, 2011 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • Disturbing

      You are adjudged to be congenitally stupid on two counts – failing the exam and having a dream of being a CPA. Your life must be so exciting!

      September 23, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • f

      DUDE!!! You know how many people fail the CPA exam the first time and second time (or the Bar exam or the Medical Boards or the drivers permit test) ?? Do it again and again until you pass.There's no limit. Go for it. Nuff 'bout you.

      Good luck this time Diana !! Do It !!!

      September 23, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
    • g6

      failed guy-it's nice to hear how determined you are to follow your dreams...if everyone did that, I think they would be alot happier in life too...I always say that life is way too short and we must never give up

      September 23, 2011 at 17:53 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Best of luck, dear. DId not you hear that 'Failure is a stepping stone to success '. Most of the mega success people had 100x more failure than you before they became what they are. Have some patiance, be determined and lots of confidence in you- rest will follow you

      September 23, 2011 at 18:08 | Report abuse |
    • don

      I took the cpa exam about 3 times and only passed half of it but I eventually realized that wasn't what I wanted to do anyway.

      September 23, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
    • cs

      What does; all this CPA cr*p have to do with swimming from Cuba to the US? I understand try try again but all the other statements? Are you all nuts?

      September 23, 2011 at 19:57 | Report abuse |
    • Kristal

      You can do it just tell youself You want it so badddddddddddd write me back when your job is done -just di it.

      September 23, 2011 at 19:57 | Report abuse |
  7. Pablo

    Who cares?

    September 23, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • muhrvis

      You do apparently.

      September 23, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • jaundice

      ....said the mexican

      September 23, 2011 at 21:19 | Report abuse |
    • Qessar

      boh,ma davanti ai prarei positivi di tutta la stampa videoludica e daventi all'ormai quasi certo successone (soprattutto in america dove il progetto pi conosciuto) ripeto si dovranno ricredere. prima o poi l'ho dovranno recensire,e se la rece sar molto lontana dalla media di siti tipo spaziogames ( a mio parere il migliore per le recensioni,soprattutto le videorensioni)faranno una bruttina figura

      April 9, 2012 at 13:05 | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    To all you haters out there, get a life and go read your fantasy novel.

    I'm 47, swim quite a bit and am totally impressed by her efforts. I even applauded her failed effort last time. She is showing the heart of a lion. We should all be so brave and strong at 62. She deserves support and, if she makes it, she deserves the applause for her efforts. She is showing us all what you can do – even if you are "over the hill" – if you put your mind to it and truly try to reach your goals. The inspiration alone is worth the story.

    So sad to see so many people don't get it – I wonder how sad your lives are...

    September 23, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • illeagalimagrant

      Could not have said it any better. If she can make it them some of my friends can make it too.

      September 23, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      A mother @#$%^ Men!!! This woman has more b@llz than most men posting in this forum!

      September 23, 2011 at 19:23 | Report abuse |
  9. muhrvis

    Nay sayers ought to try swimming 60 miles when they are 50 years old! I think it is great that she won't give up. It's simple: people who enjoy seeing other people fail, criticize persistence, and publicly discourage others from attaining their goals, do so because they feel inadequate and don't have the guts or nerve to work hard on their own achievements.

    September 23, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Phil

      Or maybe they want to see her fail because why is she allowed to go to Cuba, but other Americans are not allowed? She gets a pass and able to go to a country no other American is allowed to go to under the name of "swimming"

      September 23, 2011 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • paganguy

      I have known some people like that. The tear-down dudes.

      September 23, 2011 at 20:25 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Phil.... She is allowed to go to Cuba because she went through a heck of a lot of red tape and gained permission. Any other American can go through red tape too and if they can prove their case, they can get permission too.

      September 24, 2011 at 03:53 | Report abuse |
  10. Timothy J. Hmielewski, J.D.

    re: Dr. Conrad Murry's trial:
    The best caring people know that being sensitive about what is about to go fatally wrong.

    What I am talking about, is that Michael Jackson was in a tizzy that his Neverland Ranch was going to go on the chopping block, and those around him were of the the same belief that the only way Michael could keep his properties and other assets. However, it seemed to me that those who were prtoecting and handling his large fortune were also aware (at least through Michael's prism). Therefore, which was more important? Michael perilously putting all his hours to go overseas to do the biggest concert, thinking that if he did not put all his sinew and life to save what he had built all his life. The "money" persons had to know about what Micheal was under the gun with, and all the time, those in control of Michael's fortune didn't lift a finger to let Micheal and his family that Michael didn't need to go through the strains of what he had to do: From overworking to and having people around him to make this newest concert sucessful so that Michael could save his world. All the time, the money people wouldn't whisper that Michael didn't need what was taring him apart. not knowing that those handling his fortune could readily have told Mr. Jackson he didn't have to fret, he wasn't in bankruptcy, rhat his wasn't going to lose his assets and land and Neverland. If that had been done, Dr. Murray would not have been being Michael's personal doctor. The propoful would not have killed Michael. It was the "handlers" who wanted to line their pockets with the upcomming tour in Europe. Do you think if Michael was informed by those who were responsible for Michael's lot, that there would be a doctor in charge to keep the machine going, so that Michael, enslaved to keep his beloved assets.

    It seems that Dr. Murray is the fallguy. Soon after Michael's death, it came to light to the family that Michael's fortune was at all times more than enough for MIchael to live the rest of his life as he wanted to, but too late..

    Sincerely

    Timothy J. Hmielewski

    September 23, 2011 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • augustghost

      thanks for the manifesto

      September 23, 2011 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
    • illeagalimagrant

      What the crap r u talking about. IDIOT

      September 23, 2011 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • emilie

      Are you the same Hmielewski from Tamarac? Man, do not use your real name when you post.

      September 23, 2011 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
    • wuttup

      Tim is just a sad reminder to never stop taking your prescription medications without the direct supervision of your doctor.

      Tim, its going to be OK. Go lie down, now, and call 911. Go on...

      September 23, 2011 at 19:51 | Report abuse |
    • Kristal

      im glad the diddler is gone now children around him r safe

      September 23, 2011 at 20:00 | Report abuse |
  11. Bob The CPA

    Diana I hope you make it, and totally respect your hard work. At age 61, you have more than earned the right to try.

    September 23, 2011 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. "Don'tWorrtBeHappy"

    I think it's wonderful what she is doing, and her will to try again. ;]

    September 23, 2011 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Janis

    Go Diana!!! Work it out! You are totally inspirational and I am praying for you! My 5 year old daughter and I will be tracking your swim on CNN, and well, I just think you are so courageous and fabulous!

    September 23, 2011 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. "Don'tWorryBeHappy"

    I pray that the weather is good, and her dream comes true! ;]

    September 23, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Marisha Fidler

    I am so proud of Diana. She will do it this time, I know she will. Very strong, and determent woman...Good Luck.

    September 23, 2011 at 17:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. illeagalimagrant

    Go Diana. You are one of the bravest people in the news right now.

    September 23, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sara

      nonj prendete mai sul serio gli scerenshoot!! peggiorano sempre la grafica di un gioco. ripeto mp3 dagli screen. sembrava un gioco n64.i trailer dimostrano che the conduit ci far rimanere a bocca aperta.ma dai fino a poco tempo fa era impensabile. il wii abbastanza potente, la colpa stata delle terze parti che graficamente non l'hanno completamente sfruttata. sembra che quest'anno le cose stiano cambiando

      April 9, 2012 at 07:23 | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      So, that photo on flickr was taken from isgiht? And isgiht has your flickr login details?So, he snapped a pic, named it, and hit upload.Possibly he has absolutely no idea about flickr, up what upload did.Also, you might want to use iLife on another mac, to cut out the 4 static minutes in the middle.

      April 14, 2012 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
  17. Phil

    Hope you FAIL. Why is SHE allowed to go to Cuba but other Americans are not??

    September 23, 2011 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • surf salterpath

      phil, you are an idiot

      September 23, 2011 at 22:34 | Report abuse |
  18. Tessa

    I am impressed with Diana's determination and wish her only the best. She models for all that age is only a number. Have a safe and successful swim!

    September 23, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. shewillbearrestedincuba

    1st of all, she won't be the 1st to do it, so I have no idea why all the hype. HELLO – elian gonzales did it back in 1990s!! and countless others for that matter.

    September 23, 2011 at 18:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dave

      You are truly one ignorant beast. Kuddos 🙂

      September 23, 2011 at 19:43 | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      1. Your username is and epic fail if she got permission from the Cuban government.
      2. Everyone else used rafts or makeshift boats. She will be swimming as in Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps swimming.

      September 23, 2011 at 23:45 | Report abuse |
  20. Orange Sunshyne

    GO GIRL!

    September 23, 2011 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Kirby

    Will Diana Nyad be struck by pieces of the falling Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite ? WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO !!

    September 23, 2011 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Olaf Big

    I wish her good luck. This is a worthy personal goal at 62, or any other age. But that's just it, a personal quest, nothing more, and that's how it should be reported. I think her PR team made a good endeavor sound ridiculous, when they tried to advertse it as a big first, first swim across those waters without a shark cage. When they then said that there was no shark cage, but a whole team of paddlers and divers keeping sharks at bay, the whole thing began to sound staged and pointless, and that's a pity.

    September 23, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. david

    I should be impressed, but I am not. If you want to see something inspiring, check this out,
    http://www.runwhileyoucan.org/follow-sam/
    and this world record is currently being attempted for a good cause, not just personal public relations.Good luck Diana, I guess having prior experience in the media warrants the attention you are getting, whatever.

    September 23, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liberty Queen

      @david: Spoken like a true loser. Hey, if you're not impressed, let's see you do it.

      September 23, 2011 at 21:30 | Report abuse |
  24. Brandon

    I don't know if it counts when you have a fleet of ships by your side pandering to your every need...

    September 23, 2011 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liberty Queen

      @Brandon. Hey, if you want to do it without the "fleet of ships", be our guest. Otherwise, zip it.

      September 23, 2011 at 21:28 | Report abuse |
  25. SpiderCNN

    At her age. Nyad is impressive! I swim for 100 meter and i am out of breath.
    Good Luck!

    September 23, 2011 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Miss Swan

    she loooookkk, like a man

    September 23, 2011 at 19:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liberty Queen

      @miss swan: So? What's your problem?

      September 23, 2011 at 21:05 | Report abuse |
  27. Miss Swan

    she looookkk, like a man.

    September 23, 2011 at 19:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Johnjon

    I remember the first time............... just give up already.

    September 23, 2011 at 19:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Julie

    Will someone please beach this old whale before she hurts herself. If this aqua-performer is so desperate for the spotlight, Sea World should stick her in her own tank and she can swim for the audience. She's too old to learn new tricks.

    September 23, 2011 at 19:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liberty Queen

      @Julie What's your problem? Jealous? Couch Pototo? Over-the-Hill? What, Julie? Do us all a favor: don't have any kids and if you've had them, my condolences to them.

      September 23, 2011 at 21:03 | Report abuse |
  30. j

    When she gets to Cuba, she will be arrested for spying.

    September 23, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emigdio

      That's Iran you idiot. She got permission to do the swim.

      September 23, 2011 at 23:50 | Report abuse |
    • EGROJ

      she is leaving Cuba, not going to Cuba. She will be an inspiration to all Cubans who want to leave.

      September 24, 2011 at 00:35 | Report abuse |
  31. trex

    Come on guys.................You morons that want her to fail have NO brains....................Cant you see that if she does it, there is NO excuse by your woman to say she is tired and cant do the horizontal, when women PROVE how strong they are.

    September 23, 2011 at 19:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. grofys

    she'll make it this time and dispel more ageist myths.

    September 23, 2011 at 20:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. David D.

    Truly inspiring. Swim Diana, swim!

    Reach for the stars. You may not get one, but at least you won't come up with a handful of mud, either.
    -Leo Burnett

    September 23, 2011 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. wuttup

    Whether she makes it or not, Diana Nyad is a towering beacon of hope. At any age, to take on a challenge of this magnitude borders on insanity. To try it at age 62? She either talks to walls...or walks on water.

    "...I feel like I'm swimming more with the awe of the universe and the delight in this life that we get to live..."

    Whatever happens this weekend, she cannot lose..Go get it, baby. Show 'em what you got!

    September 23, 2011 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Disturbing

    Just heard she had to stop after half a mile – her walker got all rusted up

    September 23, 2011 at 20:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. manicsleepteacher

    Amazing feat! Go for it Diana. My husband is running 70 miles for a small Indian charity today. It's not quite Florida to Cuba (Coventry to Macclesfield in the UK) but it's a feat all the same. http://indiadirect.org.uk/fundraising/donate/

    September 23, 2011 at 20:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. cpc65

    Hope she makes it okay. Just as long as she doesn't bump her head a raft made or old tires heading in the same direction.

    September 23, 2011 at 20:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. NoTags

    I navigated and fished the waters in the Florida Straits for 30 years. I would bet her chances of making the swim are almost zero.

    September 23, 2011 at 21:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • surf salterpath

      ....

      if DN has still and flat water your prognostication is zilch

      September 23, 2011 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
  39. Liberty Queen

    GO DIANA!!!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. markiejoe

    I've seldom been rooting for someone as much as I am for Nyad this time. Just do it, girl, just DO IT!!! Your entire nation is behind you. And then some!

    September 23, 2011 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. BillJ

    All the best to Diana, she's a real inspiration to all of us.
    Last time she attempted this CNN had a page where you could track her progress. Is there anywhere we can do the same thing this time?

    September 23, 2011 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. surf salterpath

    .....after reading these negative comments~~ just goes to show you PEOPLE SUCK!

    September 23, 2011 at 22:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. maybeajoke

    Dude, it won't work.

    September 23, 2011 at 23:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Rhog

    Best wishes. I'm rooting for you and confident that you can do it.

    September 24, 2011 at 00:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Daniel

    I am praying for you Diana. All the best and Jesus loves and saves you.

    September 24, 2011 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Martina

    This woman will be swimming between Cuba and the US until she gets eaten by sharks.

    September 24, 2011 at 00:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. dlb19595

    Go for it Diana YOU CAN DO IT!!!! I give her credit for trying again wish more people were as persistant as her it would make this country a better place!!!!

    September 24, 2011 at 03:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. r

    I wish she just would not attempt this again. I also wish people wouldn't mountain climb or swim with the sharks or swim with the rays or go hiking near the borders of hostile countries and that ain't gonna stop either.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Suzanne Conry

    Walter A. Poenisch, Sr., made this swim in a shark cage in 1978 on his 65th birthday, is in the 2000 Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for the "longest distance to have been swum" and has a website "Swim4peace" where you can view many of his swimming and other accomplishments.I respectfully requests that his accomplishments be recognized when discussing Ms. Nyad's attempt(s) to accomplish something already accomplished by a 65 year old man. Ms. Nyad's first attempt was in a shark cage and she was in her 20s. Mr. Poenisch made that swim the same year in his 60s. HOW ABOUT A LITTLE LOVE FOR WALTER POENISCH when reporting Ms. Nyad's 3rd attempt at a shorter swim without a shark cage. There were no electronic shark repellents more then 30 years ago!!
    Good luck to Ms. Nyad on her 3rd attempt and kudos to Walter A. Poenisch, Sr!!!

    September 25, 2011 at 09:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Eria

    veramente incredibile i iinlmoramegti grafici che hanno fatto in questi ultimi mesi.E pensare che questo Quantum 3 sfrutta solo in parte le vere potenzialit della Wii, almeno stando alle parole del capoccia capo del progetto.Infatti stanno lavorando ad una versione ancora pi ottimizzata del motore Quantum 3, e sui loro futuri progetti hanno detto che tecnicamente saranno molto meglio di quello che vedremo in the conduit. Speriamo anche perch non ho preso la Wii di certo per gli FPS.

    April 8, 2012 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
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