How did you spend your weekend? If you’re anything like us here at Gamedayr, you were parked somewhere watching college football and drinking beer.
Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s past two days, however, couldn’t have been more of the opposite. The 64-year old American swimmer became the first person to ever complete the 103-mile swim from Havanah, Cuba to Key West, Florida without the aid of a shark cage. She had attempted the swim in four other occasions: Once in 1978, twice in 2011 and again in 2012.
Nyad told reporters that this would be her last attempt, and she made it count. In all, the journey made for a total of 53 hours of continuous swimming (not a joke) before reaching the southernmost point in the States. She touched down at 2 p.m., just in time for a cocktail with the rest of the folks on Key Weird.
In 1997, 22-year-old Susie Maroney completed the same journey. The difference between the two? Maroney swam it while in a shark cage.
Even at 64 years old and facing more than two days of swimming, Nyad did it with no such protection or aid (it helps to cut the water in front of the swimmer).
If ever there was a BAMF, Nyad is it.