110 miles, 53 hours: Questions for Diana Nyad

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited February 10
    Here is a PDF of the Nyad profile in the current New Yorker:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/assets/nyad/Nyad_NewYorker.pdf

    (8.2MB download)
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    OMG! I'm only one paragraph in and already I'm reeling. "...breaking the record by nearly an hour" talking about Manhattan. Ugh!
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    OK, finished page one. Took a while. What her last three Cuba-Florida swims that I've followed has done to me is that I feel I have to "fact check" every damn paragraph that these journalists are writing.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited February 10
    I have been a New Yorker subscriber continuously since my freshman year of college, and this is... disappointing.

    I encourage any forum member who feels inspired to write a Letter to the Editor:

    http://www.newyorker.com/contact/contactus
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    @evmo, have you been fact-checking as you go? I'm getting tired of trying to check their facts. Find any errors? (N.B., I'm only on page 2.)
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    OK, now the article is getting gross.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    So I think prednisone and oxygen count as "assisted." ;)
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    $350,000 is a lot of money in the 1970's?!?!?! It's a lot of freaking money NOW!
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited February 11
    Where's Walter Poenish.
    I miss his crossing in the article.

    I read it all as an article written by DN herself and than the reporter submitted it under her own name: Ariel Levy.
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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    In the New Yorker article, Nyad repeated some rather disturbing allegations against her high school swim coach, Jack Nelson. Nelson was an Olympian in 1956 and subsequently had a hall-of-fame coaching career in Florida. Nelson, now 82, denies the accusations.

    As article about the controversy is here:

    http://www.swimvortex.com/another-shocker-from-the-vault-diana-nyad-vs-jack-nelson/
  • '...Stoll began to gather information: "Let's figure out the nutrition; let's write to people. But nobody really knows."
    What they wanted to do had never been accomplished by anyone, male or female, at any age.'

    I guess this New Yorker writer doesn't read the WSJ! Or she may have realized that DN had 'apologized' for her untoward actions against Walter Poenish...oh, and that someone else had swum from Cuba to FL!!

    These two publications have sorely disappointed.
    Merely "rags" to me now, lacking any real confidence in their journalistic integrity!
  • bobswimsbobswims Charter Member
    edited February 17
    evmo said:
    You can't take this article seriously. The first sentence breaks my rule that no sentence shall exceed 50 words, (The rule itself is a joke because if a sentence is long enough that you find yourself counting the words, it is too long)
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited February 19
    "a tale...
    ...full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    "a tale...
    ...full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    With a lot of talk about their north current but still no proof of it's actual existence.
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  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    Sure does look like a wetsuit...
  • From the summary text under the video on the Motherboard site:

    "Before launching into any sport, it's important to know three things: the rules, the stakes, and when to quit. In the case of Diana Nyad, the resolute 64-year-old long-distance swimmer, acknowledging two out of three ain't bad."

    ;-)
  • bobswimsbobswims Charter Member
    After the competition is over, Diana will write up the rules and declare herself the winner.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    It's my pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2014 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year election from National Geografic is Kilian Jornet. DN didn't make it. #-o http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2014/kilian-jornet-photos/
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  • That's actually great. There have been some great Nat Geo Adventurer winners. Had Diana Nyad been associated with 2008 overall winner winner Sherpa Pemba Gyalje, I for one would have been sickened and it would have annoyed me far more than most of her stupid self-serving antics.
  • gregocgregoc Member
    @loneswimmer, I was refering to the 2014 winner, Kilian Jornet.


    "Kilian Jornet, the 2014 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year, is redefining what is possible in the mountains by blurring the lines between trail running and technical climbing. In 2013, the 26-year-old Catalonian set a new speed record running up and down the Matterhorn in two hours and 52 minutes. He also set a record on Mont Blanc. These peaks are part of his four-year Summits of My Life project, in which Jornet will attempt new speed records on the world's most iconic mountains."
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited March 7
    Sorry @Gregoc I was at cross purposes there! Deleted my irrelevant non-sequitur!
  • bruckbruck Member
    Diana's official YouTube channel has been scrubbed:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DianaNyad/featured
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/09/01/key-west-to-honor-diana-nyads-record-setting-swim/
    Monday’s ceremony at Smathers Beach featured Keys officials unveiling a bronze plaque that is to be installed by the City of Key West on the promenade wall in front of the beach. Plans call for a life-size sculpture of Nyad, to be commissioned by the Key West Art in Public Places Board, to augment the plaque at a later date.

    Exodus 22-20
    He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.
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  • “When someone says to me, ‘Are you going to do it again?’, I just shake my head and say, ‘Are you insane? Why would I do that again?’ There are other mountains to climb,” said Nyad. “This one was a 35-year dream, and it’s over. How could you have a better story and a better ending?”
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited September 3
    It's still an unproven feat for me.

    After a year still no documentation provided to the community to prove all her claims.
    Till she does she's the biggest scam artist there is.
    But all documents shown a year after the claimed event won't be to reliable any more. Too much time with the ability to doctor them has passed.

    Now I can't prove all this but neither can/did she prove me wrong.
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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    Stranger things have happened in Key West.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conch_Republic
  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaMember
    After September 11, I held my tongue. All of the public positions had been taken -- for, against, good, evil. I had nothing more to add. So I thought, Bring in the clowns, you know what I mean? That's why I've done a coupla years' worth of comedies.
    -- Jack Nicholson

    After Nyad, . . .
    IronMikeNiek
  • I pondered posting to this thread again and am ambivalent but my one thought , after seeing Chloe stumble out of the water, face swollen, unsteady to say the least, tearful... was... THAT is what one looks like after 40+ hours in the water.

    And.. that is NOT what Nyad looked like at all.
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  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    She would have IF she had swum the whole time and distance......
    lakespraypavlicov
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