KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) –She tried over four times and the fifth time was the charm. Today Diana Nyad became the first person and woman to swim from the U.S. to Canada without a shark cage. The media and hundreds of Cubans welcomed Nyad who stepped out of the water looking dazed and sunburned–but victorious in her mission:
The 64-year-old Nyad swam almost 53 hours, starting on Saturday and coming out of the water around 2PM today. When asked what she learned from this historic mission she 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,” she said on the beach.
“I have to say, I’m a little bit out of it right now,” Nyad said. She gestured toward her swollen lips, and simply said “seawater.”
Seawater indeed! Nyad seemed to be slurring her words and her team quickly got her to a stretcher and an IV before she was taken to a hospital.
This swim was Nyad’s fifth try to complete the approximately 110-mile swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012. Her first attempt was in 1978. According to friend Diaz Escrich, this swim was more than a personal goal:
“More than the athletic feat, she wants to send a message of peace, love, friendship and happiness … between the people of the United States and Cuba,” he said.
I have to say that this is simply amazing. At her age, this is more than a notion. I applaud her tenacity and will and she is right: we should never, ever give up.
That’s just the motivation I needed today.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,