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Diana Nyad sets out to swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad sets out to swim from Cuba to Florida

Originally Published: July 19, 2011
By Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie

Eighty-six degrees -- minimum. Eight knots of wind or fewer. If anyone understands the importance of pinpointing precise weather conditions, it's Diana Nyad and her 30-person crew.

Considered one of the best long-distance swimmers on the globe back when she was in her 20s, Nyad was just 28 when she endeavored -- and failed -- the dramatic 103-mile swim across the Gulf Stream from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Fla.

The water temperature when Nyad's crew called her out of the ...

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