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Diana Nyad

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Biography:

Record-breaking swimmer, broadcast journalist and author Diana Nyad is one of the greatest long-distance swimmers in the world.

After graduating college from Lake Forest University, Sports Speaker Diana came into the public spotlight when she set a world record for swimming around Manhattan in under eight hours. A few years later, she embarked on a two day, 102.5-mile long journey from the island of Bimini to Florida, setting a distance record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit in history to date.

Diana embarked upon an illustrious career in print, television and radio before returning to the water. She has hosted her own show on CNBC, served as the senior correspondent for Fox Sports News and broadcasted numerous premier-sporting events for ABC Sports. Diana made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and was a contestant on the hit series, Dancing With the Stars.

In addition to her weekly column for National Public Radio, Diana has written several books and contributed pieces to Self Magazine and the New York Times to name a few. She has written the memoir Other Shores as well as Boss of Me: The Keyshawn Johnson Story and Diana Nyad’s Basic Training for Women.

Diana returned to swimming in 2007. Most recently, she was able to check her lifelong dream off of her bucket list. On September 2, 2013, Diana began a two-day swim without a shark cage or fins and become the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida.

Because of Diana’s success with long distance swimming, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1986. Most recently, she became a member of the Swimming Hall of Fame in 2003.

Diana is also a successful business owner. Alongside her best friend Bonnie Stoll, they own a BravaBody.com, which aims at providing online exercise advice to women over the age of forty.