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Nyad's spirit, not stunt, drew us in

Updated: September 4, 2013, 10:25 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | espnW

After meticulously charting Diana Nyad's progress for the two days and nights she was in the ocean, and after years of keeping people informed during the weeks and years that she prepared for her other attempts to swim from Cuba to Key West, the home page of the swimmer's web site had only a solitary little word balloon stuck over a map of her latest journey by Tuesday morning. But it felicitously summarized everything that had just happened.

"She freaking made it."

Normally, ...

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