Diana Nyad is an American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer. In the 1970s, she became known as the world’s greatest long distance swimmer with her open-water achievements, including a record-breaking swim around Manhattan. In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person to swim 111 miles from Cuba to Florida, facing deadly box jellyfish, sharks, and the fastest moving waters in the world in a grueling 2-day journey (53 hours straight). In her memoir, Find a Way, she shares this incredible story of perseverance, survival, and never giving up on your dreams.
There are 16 million people who participate in open water swimming. There are only 12 people who have swam for 48 hours, but there is only one person who has gone 53 hours and 111 miles with lethal box jellyfish, sharks, and harsh elements, through the fastest and largest moving body of water in the world and made it to the other side. Diana's story isn’t just about swimming, it’s about the human spirit, perseverance, survival, and will power.