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Diana Nyad
(1950 - living) U.S.A.

Diana Nyad

Long-distance swimmer


Born in New York City and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Diana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lake Forest College, and speaks four languages fluently. For ten years, from 1969 to 1979, Diana was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world, breaking numerous records.

In 1979, Diana bravely stroked her way from the Bahamas to Florida in what became the longest swim in history for both men and women. That incredible 102.5-mile, nonstop feat took her more than two days. Her record still stands.

In 1986, she was inducted into the National Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

Longtime television (now Senior Correspondent for Fox Sports News) and National Public Radio commentator, and an accomplished author, Diana stays quite busy covering sports and outdoor life for numerous television and radio shows. Currently, she hosts documentaries on the new Outdoor Life Network.

The subjects of her specials range from the Nepalese tiger to the leatherback turtle of Costa Rica. She is also a columnist on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. Her skilled, intelligent, and compassionate coverage of diverse topics has garnered numerous awards and wide recognition.


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