Diana Nyad Completes Cuba to Florida Swim!
At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to ever complete the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage!
Yesterday, Nyad completed the historic swim after 53 straight hours of swimming, starting in Havana, Cuba and ending in Key West, Florida.
She attempted the swim for the first time when she was 28 years old, in 1978. Winds forced her off her original course, and she was forced to stop before she could reach her goal.
In the past, Nyad was also thwarted by stings by box jellyfish, so this year she took precautions by using a special silicone mask and anti-sting cream developed by a scientist.
Nearly 35 years and four attempts later, Nyad finally, she reached her goal yesterday morning.
"You're never too old to live your dreams," she told a crowd of reporters at the end of her journey.
Nyad's accomplishment attracted attention not just from swimming fans, but many others inspired by her story.
"Congratulations to @DianaNyad," Tweeted President Barack Obama. "Never give up on your dreams."
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also weighed in.
"Flying to 112 countries is a lot until you consider swimming between 2," Clinton wrote. "Fees like I swim with sharks – but you actually did it! Congrats!"
Nyad is our girl power icon of the week, proving not only that females can accomplish anything, but that age can't keep you from reaching your dreams.
What do you think of what Nyad has achieved?