Diana Nyad, 61, starts her 60-hour swim from Cuba to Florida without shark cage

By on Aug 8, 2011 in Amazing, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: August 9, 2011 2:34 pm

Read Diana Nyad ends 166-kilometer swim from Cuba to Florida on halfway due to pain

Diana Nyad, a 61-year old American swimmer, has started her 60-hour swim from Cuba and Florida without shark cage, which was dubbed as her “Xtreme Dream“.

Diana Nyad “Xtreme Dream”
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As reported by CNN on Sunday, August 7, 2011, Diana Nyad started to swim at 7:45 p.m. (ET), and will attempt a world record as the first person to swim from Cuba and Florida, which is about 166 kilometers (103 miles).

“I’m almost 62 years old and I’m standing here at the prime of my life,” Nyad was quoted at CNN, which will exclusively cover and provide the latest updates on her fearless journey and will start at Marina Hemingway in Havana.

“I think this is the prime. When one reaches this age, you still have a body that’s strong but now you have a better mind.” Nyad added, who will turn 62 this coming August 22.

“When I walk up on those shores of Florida, I want to prove to the AARP crowd that it’s not too late to go back and write that book or adopt that child,” she said, who has been training for almost 2 years for this event.

According to the report, Nyad has attempted to make this swim 30 years ago but failed and planned to do it again back in 2010 but bad weather did not allow her that time.

During her journey, Nyad has a team of handlers with 30 members including shark safety officers who will drive away the sharks; and a doctor that will closely monitor her health.

Meanwhile, Nyad, who was said to rest every hour during the swim, clarified that no sharks will be harmed since the shark shield that will be used to drive them away only emits annoying noise.

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