August 8th, 2011
03:48 PM ET

Nyad in good spirits in 18th hour

Now 18 hours into a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Diana Nyad continues to swim with a vengeance.

Some 76 miles away from American shores, the only issues plaguing Nyad are a nagging pain in her right shoulder – the opposite shoulder than the one that had bothered her leading into the swim – and some shortness of breath.

Dr. Michael Broder, the team’s physician, jumped into the water with a stethoscope to assess her lungs, but suspected that her breathing issues may be a result of an allergic reaction to some of the anti-inflammatories she took for the shoulder pain.


August 7th, 2011
08:38 PM ET

Diana swim tracker: Watch Nyad's progress

Update: Diana Nyad ended her swim about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, suffering from shoulder pain and nausea.  She is on a boat headed for Key West, Florida. Check back with CNN.com for updates.


Distance swimmer Diana Nyad is attempting a 103-mile swim from Cuba to Key West. She entered the water Sunday around 7:45 p.m. ET, from Havana's Hemingway Marina. On Monday afternoon  she more than 20 miles off Cuba and struggling with shoulder pain and asthma but continuing to swim strongly, CNN's Matt Sloane reported.

Follow Matt Sloane on Twitter – live from Nyad's boat

Watch: Nyad 'doing great' on swim

CNN is the only network accompanying Nyad on her swim, which could take 60 hours or longer.  Producer Matt Sloane is leading a CNN team traveling on  one of Nyad's chase boats. They are carrying a SPOT GPS tracker, which transmits the group's position via satellite.

Gallery: Diana jumps in

Sloane will be Tweeting throughout the swim, and he'll appear live on CNN from time to time to update viewers on the 61-year-old swimmer's progress. Nyad's team also will be Tweeting and blogging.

Check back to watch her progress. And coming  on CNN,  Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a  look at "Diana Nyad: Xtreme Dream." Saturday, September 17, 8 p.m. ET.

Diana Nyad says big swim is Sunday
August 6th, 2011
06:55 PM ET

Diana Nyad says big swim is Sunday

The big moment is here, distance swimmer Diana Nyad says. On Saturday she tweeted, "It's my time to be fearless."

If all goes according to plan, late Sunday or early Monday she'll begin her attempt to set a world record, swimming in the open water, without a shark cage, from Cuba to Key West, Florida. It's 103 miles; she expects it'll take at least 60 hours.

CNN is the only network accompanying Nyad, 61, on her swim. We'll be at  Nyad's Havana news conference on Sunday, then board one of Nyad's chase boats, and keep you up to date in real time or close to it.

In 1978, Nyad attempted this same swim. After just over 40 hours in the water, her team pulled her; high waves and strong currents had pushed her too far off course.  That experience has driven her toward this swim.  "Visions of 1978, those smashing 8-ft seas, flash through my brain. Not this time. Strong memories of the hardships of these past two years make me strong and determined not to waste all that disciplined time put in," she wrote in her blog Saturday.

Coming  on CNN: Diana Nyad's Xtreme Dream

Look for more reports on CNN.com and The Chart.

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Diana Nyad: Sharks need our help
July 28th, 2011
07:15 AM ET

Diana Nyad: Sharks need our help

Editor's Note: Recent news reports have raised the issue of sharks and how Diana Nyad and her team will react if sharks come near as she attempts to swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida. CNN , following Nyad's preparations for over a year, asked her about her shark plan and how she intended to deal with predators she might encounter in her oceanic journey. Here is Nyad's response:

Sharks have made news in recent weeks, from attacks near U.S. beaches to how they were treated by the team of a fellow ocean swimmer. There were some reports - denied by those involved - that sharks were harmed when Penny Palfrey swam in the Caymans.

I just want to be crystal clear about how my team will handle sharks on our upcoming attempt to make history in swimming the 103 miles from Cuba to Florida: No shark will be harmed at any time during our event.

Sharks worldwide are in crisis.

Tens of millions of them are killed each year just for their fins, often in a disturbing, cruel manner. At this rate, we will lose our ocean sharks within the next decade.

Agreed, our team has worked hard toward this world record. But it is of paramount importance to us that we achieve the dream in perfect harmony with all the creatures of the sea we encounter . In some regard, I am humbly asking the sharks of this particular ocean to allow me to skim across the surface of their home for about three days. I am duly respectful of them, their habits and their habitat, as is every individual on the Xtreme Dream Team.

Diana Nyad: Reaching for a record
July 19th, 2011
09:44 PM ET

Diana Nyad: Reaching for a record

Editor's note: CNN alone will have live coverage of Diana Nyad's Xtreme Dream from aboard the support boats traveling alongside her. Stay with CNN.com and The Chart for more info on  the swim, and to see a live position tracker and live reports from the ocean.

The last year has been full of fits and starts for champion distance swimmer Diana Nyad in her quest to break the world record in open-water swimming, and we've taken you along for the entire ride.

As we shared with you last July, almost a year of intense training – both in a pool and in the ocean – culminated in one final test of her abilities: a 24-hour swim off the coast of Key West. If she could do that, she felt she'd be ready to conquer her "Xtreme Dream," swimming from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, at age 61. Accomplishing that 103-mile swim would mean breaking the 32-year-old record, set by Diana in 1979, when she swam from the Bahamas to Florida.

The July 10, 2010, swim came and went without a hitch. She jumped into the ocean at 8:19 that morning and emerged victorious and confident at 8:19 a.m. the next day.


Tri Challenge: Diana Nyad on staying calm in water
July 7th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

Tri Challenge: Diana Nyad on staying calm in water

Since January, six iReporters have been training in the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. We’re following along as they prepare to compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the August 7 Nautica NYC Triathlon.

Swimming a mile in the Hudson River. It's a daunting prospect for most anyone but Kas Seerla is especially anxious about it. Before the 6-Pack went to Hawaii in April for a week of triathlon training, Kas had never been swimming in open water before. Her time in Hawaii taught her that she's capable of swimming long distances but she needs more mental confidence to stay calm in the water. Who better to give her tips on how to do that than Diana Nyad!

61-year-old Nyad is in the final stages of preparing for her "Xtreme Dream" of swimming from Cuba to Key West without stopping. When she goes, she'll swim more than a hundred miles over the course of a few days. Dr. Sanjay Gupta recently spent some time with Nyad and asked her how someone like Kas could stay calm while swimming in open water.


July 10th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Nyad sets out for marathon training

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad embarked from Key West, Florida, this morning for a continuous 24-hour training swim in advance of her attempt at a record-breaking Cuba-to-Key West effort. She is accompanied by a flurry of handlers, navigators, boat captains,  ocean kayakers, and medical support personnel.

Nyad, now 60,  has been training for more than six months for the swim, and today will mark the longest of her training swims.


June 29th, 2010
04:47 PM ET

Diana Nyad chases a dream

If the name Diana Nyad sounds familiar, it's probably because you've heard of her incredible feats of human performance. Before there was Lance Armstrong, before there was Michael Phelps there was Diana Nyad. (Watch Video)

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad showing off the headlines from her world record setting swim

When you meet Diana, you can instantly tell there's something different about her.  If you spend 5 minutes with her - better yet, if you watch this 60 year old swim - you'll be able to tell you're in the presence of an amazing athlete.

In the 1970s, she was unstoppable. In addition to winning multiple swimming marathons, she was the first woman ever to encircle the island of Manhattan, and she holds the World's record for longest ocean swim – 102.5 miles from the island of Bimini in the Bahamas to Jupiter, FL. But there was one goal that eluded her.


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