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Diana Nyad will meet with skeptics of her Cuba-Florida swim

September 09, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Diana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing the swim from Cuba to Florida.
Diana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing the swim from… (Andy Newman / Associated…)

Diana Nyad braved stinging jellyfish and a few shark sightings on her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida earlier this month.

Now she is dealing with fellow swimmers.

Some in the marathon community have openly questioned her feat and, according to the Associated Press, those doubts have grown loud enough for Nyad to plan a meeting with her peers on Tuesday.

Speaking out on social media and online forums, other marathon swimmers have wondered if she grabbed hold of or even climbed aboard her support boat during an especially speedy portion of the swim. Nyad and her crew have claimed that she was aided by the swift Gulf Stream current.

"Diana is proud of what she and her team accomplished last week, and she is committed to complete transparency," said Alexandra Crotin, one of her spokeswomen.

The 64-year-old endurance athlete has also faced criticism for wearing a mask and bodysuit -- which violates traditional English Channel rules -- to protect herself from jellyfish stings during part of the 53-hour swim. She never said she would follow those rules.

Her team said it plans to submit the data it collected during the journey to three open-water swimming associations for verification.


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