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Tuesday
Aug092011

US Swimmer Diana Nyad Forced to End Swim from Cuba to Florida

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(HAVANA) -- Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad's quest to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without using a shark cage came to an end early Tuesday due to "5 to 10 knot winds and less than ideal currents," her team tweeted.

CNN reports the 61-year-old American swimmer had trouble going through ocean swells and faced shoulder pain and asthma.  Nyad was also vomiting when she was taken out of the water and boarded onto a boat at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, almost halfway into her estimated 60-hour journey, according to CNN.

"I am not sad.  It was absolutely the right call," she told CNN.

Prior to giving up her 103-mile swim, Nyad's team tweeted that "she was surrounded by dolphins and a beautiful Caribbean sunset."

"But strong currents blew her 15mph off course," and "The combination of factors was too much to safely continue," her team posted on Twitter.

Nyad set out to complete the feat on Sunday, jumping into the water at 7:45 p.m. off Havana's Marina Hemingway.  Her latest attempt was her second -- she had previously tried to finish the journey back in 1978 at the age of 28.  Swimming inside a shark cage at the time, she was forced to quit nearly 42 hours into the swim because of strong currents and heavy winds.

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Monday
Aug082011

American Swimmer Diana Nyad Begins Swim from Cuba to Florida

ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images(HAVANA) -- Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad set out on her quest Sunday night to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without being enclosed in a shark cage.

At 7:45 p.m., Nyad jumped into the water at Havana's Marina Hemingway to begin her 103-mile swim to Florida, her team reported in her online blog.

During her journey, which is estimated to take about 60 hours, she will be followed by a team of doctors, nutritionists and even specialists trained to deter sharks that may get in her way.  Nyad's crew will also be utilizing a device that emits electrical currents to repel the ocean predators.

Prior to setting off for her swim, Nyad told reporters, "I'm almost 62 years old and I'm standing here at the prime of my life."

She noted that the weather and water conditions were ideal for her journey.

"Now I look out at a dead, flat calm, so I think this is my day," the American swimmer said.

Strong currents and heavy winds kept Nyad from accomplishing the feat when she first attempted it back in 1978 at the age of 28.  The endurance swimmer lasted nearly 42 hours before she was taken out of the water. During that attempt, she swam in a shark cage.

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