64-Year-Old Diana Nyad Completes 110-Mile Swim From Cuba To Florida

Fifth time’s the charm! Nyad becomes the first person to complete the non-stop swim without a shark cage.

1. This is U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad. Today, on her fifth attempt, she completed a grueling 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

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2. Last time she attempted it, she got stung by jellyfish and had to abandon the swim. Here she is reenacting the jellyfish attack.

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3. The three-day, non-stop journey began in Havana on August 31st.

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4. She disembarked from the Ernest Hemmingway Nautical Club.

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5. Making things even riskier for endurance athlete, she made the swim without a shark cage.

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6. Aside from the sharks, Nyad had to be wary of the man o’wars, the storms, the waves and the powerful and unpredictable Gulf Stream.

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7. Nyad had kayak escorts as she approached Key West, Florida earlier today.

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8. Her crew was nearby in a boat for the duration of a the trip. Here they are rooting her on less that two miles from shore.

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9. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you,” she told her crew, which they promptly blogged.

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10. “So let’s get going so we can have a whopping party.”

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11. Large crowds gathered in Key West to greet her.

Hundreds waiting to greet @diananyad right now #xtremedream @nbc6

— JuliaBaggNBC6 (@Julia Bagg NBC 6)

12. And she made it!

She is here! @diananyad #xtremedream come true @nbc6

— JuliaBaggNBC6 (@Julia Bagg NBC 6)

13. As she was being taken away on a stretcher, her face sunburned and her lips swollen from a protective mask, Nyad was heard to tell supporters, “Never, ever give up.”

Nyad now being hauled off on a stretcher #xtremedream @nbc6

— JuliaBaggNBC6 (@Julia Bagg NBC 6)

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