Six years ago, on the morning of August 31, 2013, Diana Nyad jumped into the sea in Havana, Cuba, for her fifth attempt at a first.
She wanted to be the first person to swim from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida, without a protective cage to ward off sharks and deadly jellyfish. She was 64 years old and had been attempting the crossing for the past four years.
Along her journey six years ago, she weathered the dangers of those sharks and the treacherous currents of the Gulf Stream—on top of the exhaustion of swimming for over 50 straight hours.
When she climbed up onto the beach in Key West, she shared some words of wisdom with supporters gathered to greet her: “One: Never, ever give up. Two: You’re never too old to chase your dreams. Three: It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”
Nyad's story is one of over 100 in "The Book of Gutsy Women," a project from Chelsea and me to celebrate women who inspire us. Narrowing down the list was tough! It's out in just one month. Pre-order at the link in bio.
Photo: Jeffrey A. Salter/Redux