After a near-death experience when being stung nine times by poisonous box jellyfish last year -- once on the tongue for good measure -- you would think a swimmer would be hesitant to enter those same waters. But most swimmers aren't Diana Nyad.
The 64-year-old realized her dream in her fifth attempt to swim the 100-plus-mile stretch from Cuba to Key West. Accompanied by a 50-person crew on two sailboats who monitor her health, the weather and those critters that lie below, it took Nyad about 53 hours to hit the Florida shores on Monday.
Others had made it, but not without the aid of a shark cage, flippers or wet suit. Nyad was different. Check out the photos as she went for it in her one-piece, albeit with an additional gear item this year in the form of a custom-fitted silicone face mask. Sure, it may have hindered her breath and her swimming ability, but then again, it was better than taking a jellyfish tentacle to the chin.