Aug 9, 2011

Diana Nyad Swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad swim challenge has finally begun. At 7:45 p.m. on Sunday she jumped into the water and began her 103-mile swim between Cuba and Florida.

"I'm almost 62 years old and I'm standing here at the prime of my life," she said as she walked toward the sea. "I think this is the prime. When one reaches this age, you still have a body that's strong but now you have a better mind."

Nyad did a few stretches and played reveille, the traditional Army wake-up song, on a bugle before she dived in.

She likes a challenge. At 61, a lot of people are considering retirement and spending time with grandchildren. Not Nyad. For nearly two years, she's been training to set a record for open-water swims without a shark cage.

Nyad announced Sunday morning at a Havana news conference that she planned to enter the water at Havana's Marina Hemingway to begin her attempt.

"We're going to get started tonight," she said early Sunday as she stepped out of a car on her way to the news conference. "As you can probably tell, I'm pretty nervous. My adrenaline is flowing, but I've been training for two years.

"All my life, I dreamed of being the first one ever to swim across without a shark cage," she said, adding that when she turned 60, she "started thinking what if I went back and started to chase that elusive dream of Cuba."

Read full story at CNN.

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