Nyad Swims From Cuba To Florida Without Shark Cage

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FIRST TO ACCOMPLISH SWIM WITHOUT CAGE

ABOVE VIDEO: The “Other Shore” follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage.

KEY WEST, FLORIDA – The legendary Diana Nyad, 64, has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

The legendary Diana Nyad, 64, has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. (Diana Nyad Facebook image)

The legendary Diana Nyad, 64, has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. (Diana Nyad Facebook image)

She just made land in Key West about 2 p.m. today after a 52-hour swim which began in Havana on Saturday.

“The toughest athlete in the world is a 62-year-old woman,” said D.L. Stewart of the Dayton Daily News of Nyad.

This was her fifth attempt to complete the more than 100 mile swim. This quest is one that she tried for three time before – in 1978, 2011 and 2012 – but a surprise asthma attack and crippling jellyfish stings forced her to stop before reaching the shore.

“The toughest athlete in the world is a 62 year-old woman,” said D.L. Stewart of the Dayton Daily News of Diana Nyad.

“The toughest athlete in the world is a 62 -year-old woman,” said D.L. Stewart of the Dayton Daily News of Diana Nyad.

“Nyad is proof that an “Xtreme Dream” can be reached at any age,” said her Facebook page.

“Whether it’s through her rigorous training, her contribution to TED Talks, or her insightful blog, Diana wants to inspire and remind everyone how important it is to continue reaching for the impossible goal. These unsuccessful attempts tested Diana’s spirit, but they did not break her. She knows that when you have a dream you must do everything you possibly can to reach it, no matter your age or the obstacles ahead.”

To train for her latest and successful attempt, the record-breaking swimmer worked tirelessly, spending anywhere from 12 to 24 hours in the water each day.

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