Diana Nyad, The Swimmer | Out Magazine
Feature, August 2012
Three times she has tried to swim the 103 miles separating Cuba from Florida, and every time she has been defeated – by weather patterns, by box jellyfish, by exhaustion. This summer represents attempt number four. She is 63. She is as ready as she’s ever been.
Once the great journey begins, she will be surrounded by a small flotilla of support teams. But she will still be a tiny, solitary speck in the ocean, arms pushing into each wave, alone in the water. Alone in her head. And that’s where things really get tough.