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Diana Nyad
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Nyad in September 2016
Born August 22, 1949 (1949-08-22) (age 71)
Alma mater Lake Forest College (1973)
Occupation Author, journalist, swimmer
Known for Championship swimming; endurance swimming; journalism; motivational speaking

Diana Nyad (née Sneed; born August 22, 1949) is an American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer. Nyad gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan (28 mi or 45 km) and in 1979 when she swam from North Bimini, The Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (102 mi (164 km)). In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming from Havana to Key West (110 mi or 180 km). Nyad was also once ranked thirteenth among US women squash players.

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