Nyad would most assuredly own some serious Olympic hardware had
long-distance open-water swimming been official events. In 1979, Diana
swam an incredible 102.5 miles nonstop from the island of Bimini in the
Bahamas to the coast of Florida. This accomplishment thrust her onto the
world stage, but not before constituting two full days of constant
swimming. This distance remains unprecedented.
recognized in 1986 by the National Women’s Sports Hall of Fame and in
2003 by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. She is also an
accomplished print, television and radio journalist, currently hosting
Savvy Traveler for NPR, documentaries for Outdoor Life Network and The
Score for KCRW.
Previous work includes a senior correspondent for
Fox Sports News and host of a CNBC show. Diana is also credited with
authoring a weekly column for NPR's Morning Edition. Her work has
appeared in The New York Times and Self Magazine. Also on Diana's agenda
is working on a series of children’s books devoted to athletes who
overcame youthful obstacles.
A graduate of Lake Forest College, Diana, who fluently speaks four foreign languages, has been with Swim Across America
since our start in 1987. As she once said in an interview, “There is
nothing greater than touching the shore after crossing some great body
of water knowing that I've done it with my own two arms and legs.” We
couldn’t agree more ... unless you're simultaneously raising awareness
and money for cancer research!