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Diana Nyad
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PROFILE
  • After gaining fame as a record-breaking distance swimmer, Diana Nyad became a prominent correspondent and sports journalist for ABC’s Wide World of Sports, One on One with Diana Nyad and NPR's The Savvy Traveler and The Score.
  • A highly regarded motivational and inspirational speaker, Nyad is tri-lingual; fluent in English French and Spanish.
  • At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 111-mile swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida on September 2, 2013.
Short Bio

In 2013, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. As one of the world’s leading (and fastest) swimmers, Nyad first built her reputation in the 1970s, setting speed records by swimming around Manhattan Island and from the Bahamas to Florida, respectively. She is often regarded as one of the greatest long-distance swimmers of the modern world.

Nyad is also a renowned broadcaster and writer. She has written three books, and has worked with several prominent news outlets including NPR, ABC, Fox Sports and the New York Times.

Extended Bio

In 2011, The Dayton Daily News declared, “The toughest athlete in the world is a 62 year-old woman.” They were speaking of Diana Nyad.

Nyad first gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around New York’s Manhattan Island, and again in 1979 when she swam 102.5 miles from North Bimini, Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida.

In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at the age of 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming 111 miles from Havana to Key West in 53 hours.

Nyad has never been one to quit. In July of 2010, at the age of 60, she began her “Xtreme Dream” quest of swimming from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to finish thirty years previously. When asked her motivation, she replied, “Because I’d like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams.”

Nyad was unsuccessful in her quest in 2010 and tried two more times 2011 and 2012, battling deadly jellyfish stings and rough weather conditions before finally fulfilling her dream in 2013. Upon completing her quest, Nyad told the world, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.”

After gaining fame as a record-breaking distance swimmer, Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster and journalist for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times.

A successful author, she's written the memoir Other Shores as well as Diana Nyad's Basic Training for Women and Boss of Me: The Keyshawn Johnson Story. In 2015, she published, Find a Way, which covers her efforts to swim from Cuba to Florida.

Fluent in English French and Spanish, Nyad has also earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public motivational speaker, earning standing ovations with a broad spectrum of audiences, from AARP to the stages of TED.

Nyad has been inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

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TESTIMONIALS

"I literally went through a roller coaster of emotions listening to her speak. In my opinion, she is the most inspirational speaker I've ever listened to. Also, as we all know there are two parts to any speech: content and delivery. She nailed both!"
    Bank of America

"Huge standing ovation when she walked onto the stage! Diana was warm, engaging, and so darn funny! The audience loved her, and she had them in the palm of her hand every step of the way."
    SCA Americas

"In short, the eent was great. Diana was amazingly warm, open, and courageous in the way she shared her personal story. All that she shared resonated quite well with the group. We were grateful to have her with us, and I believe she set the stage for the extended conversation around Inspirational Leadership."
    Citibank

"Diana was fantastic. Captivating, funny, and inspirational. It was great to have her."
    GE

"Diana was fantastic! She was amazing throughout our event and gave 100% of herself to us! She blew us all away and was incredibly inspirational, as I knew she would be! Even my kids who are 10 and 12 and their friends have been talking about her since she left! So thank you for making it all happen for us."
    Sun Valley Group

"Amazing, we loved her, as did all of the attendees! Her story is inspiring and thought provoking, more so than she probably even realizes. She's a gem of a person as well!"
    CBC Magazine Female Entrepreneur Summit

"Diana was terrific—high energy, a good teacher and presenter, honest, funny, direct. We’d have her back in a heartbeat. "
    Head of School, Marlborough School

PROGRAMS

Find a Way. Personifying motivation, Diana Nyad delivers her unique experience of sports, endurance and dedication in her keynote presentations, drawn from personal adversity and challenges as well as humor found in a life of sport, adventure and extreme endeavor.

Fluent in French, Spanish and English, Nyad’s speaking encompasses sports, self-esteem, diversity, inspiration, exercise and nutrition, as well as senior and women's issues, and has engaged, enthralled and empowered audiences of all ages around the world.

Among the topics Nyad discusses are sports and inspiration. As one of America’s biggest athletes, Nyad knows what it takes to build strength and confidence. Firmly believing that anything is possible, she works with her audiences to help them discover their inner power, and inspires them to do the best they can in work and life.

Other topics include women’s issues, empowerment, and motivation. As a woman, Nyad realizes that the sports world can be unforgiving. In her attempts to prove herself, Nyad has overcome incredible adversity, and shows her audiences the best ways for conquering life’s barricades. She also shows how goal-setting and other forms of self-motivation are the only ways to find purpose in one’s existence.

Lastly, Nyad discusses self-esteem, exercise, and nutrition. A proper diet and training are vital keys to an athlete’s success, but another aspect to overcoming obstacles is building one’s self-esteem. Often times, it’s our own thoughts and feelings that are our biggest enemies, and Nyad shows us the best ways to

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