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Diana Nyad

Born: 22-Aug-1949
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Lesbian [1]
Occupation: Swimmer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Long distance swimmer

In 1975, Nyad circumnavigated Manhattan Island in less than 8 hours. She swam from Bimini, The Bahamas to Juno Beach, Florida in 1979, without a wetsuit or shark cage -- 102 miles. And she has made four unsuccessful attempts to swim from Cuba to the United States -- 1978, 2011 twice, and 2012.

[1] Robert Lipsyte, "Reflections on a Secret Life in Professional Sports" (article is about a panel of four gay/lesbian athletes at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater), The New York Times, 12 September 1999: "At the American Broadcasting Company, [Nyad] said, she was told not to bring her partner to company social events and to make sure her lesbianism stayed in the closet where it couldn't scare the Nielsen families."

Father: William Sneed
Mother: Lucy Curtis
Father: Aristotle Nyad (stepfather)

    High School: Pine Crest School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1967)
    University: Emory University (expelled after stunt)
    University: Lake Forest College (1973)

    Phi Beta Kappa Society
    Adopted by Aristotle Nyad
    National Women's Hall of Fame 1986
    International Swimming Hall of Fame 2003

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Author of books:
Other Shores (1978, memoir)
Basic Training for Women (1981)
Boss of Me: The Keyshawn Johnson Story (1999, biography)

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