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    Amazing history. If she didn't succeed this time, I'm sure she would at the age of 70, without even the crew members!

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    It is a shoulder issue that created her stroke mechanics. She often comes to the pool and swims for eight hour stretches. Quite impressive.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    It's over. Why the interest in crazy swims.

    Diana I am sorry that you could not finish your dream.

    Did not know that you could sit in a boat and get back in the water.
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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    I saw this in one of the stories:
    She started this effort Saturday in Havana and lasted longer, and made it further, than in her previous tries, her team said. She swam this time for more than 41 hours.
    41 hours? It had to be longer than that if she started on Saturday.

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    It was 41 hours in the water and in the boat for 22 hours because of rough water. I don't know how many times she was out of the water and back in the water?? I know she was out and in at least once, may be 2 or 3 times.
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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    It doesn't seem right to leave the water.

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    I think this relates to a couple of times that some swimmers attempted to swim accross the Atlantic Ocean. You can get out and get back in at the same spot?
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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Quote Originally Posted by geochuck View Post
    I think this relates to a couple of times that some swimmers attempted to swim accross the Atlantic Ocean. You can get out and get back in at the same spot?
    I know people have done that, but I believe Nyad's swim was touted as being unassisted. You get out of the water that's definitely not unassisted. Not saying it's not incredibly impressive to be in the water for that long, but you can't call it unassisted with a straight face.

    edit: I have a feeling the number quoted for how long she was in the water was just wrong. Another story I just read says "Nyad was not allowed to touch or be touched by any of the support crews or vessels." http://abcnews.go.com/US/diana-nyad-...6#.UDOitvtOUZk That would make more sense if she was attempting an unassisted swim.
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    I do not know what really happenned. CNN reported she was in the boat because of heavy winds then re-entered the water. It could be the wrong info.
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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    My wife asked about sleeping. I told her I thought she had to either not sleep or just float on her back getting the occasional cat naps. Ellen thought she would have been brought into the boat for a nap. This goes to the assisted/unassisted aspect of the swim I'm sure.

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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    The most recent post on her website:
    http://www.diananyad.com/blog/Extreme-Dream
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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Quote Originally Posted by geochuck View Post
    I know she was out and in at least once, may be 2 or 3 times.
    How do you know this? I believe it, but sourcing the information would be helpful.

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    I saw a report by Sunjay Gupta on CNN but tried to find it again and was not able to. So it may be wrong info.

    Quote Originally Posted by evmo View Post
    How do you know this? I believe it, but sourcing the information would be helpful.
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    Just watched the report again Gupta said she was in and out of the boat twice during this swim. Once the night before and once last nite then finally out again.
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    Re: Diana Nyad: Extreme Dream

    Report from official observer Steven Munatones, posted to DN's blog, confirms that she spent an extended period resting on the boat in the middle of the swim.

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    Am I the only one who think this is a little silly. It sort of reminds me of all the people who were "climbing" Everest in the late 90's. I do applaud DN for trying. And it is her goal so good for her. But to cover this like it is an athletic achievement is a bit, well, misleading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty View Post
    Am I the only one who think this is a little silly. It sort of reminds me of all the people who were "climbing" Everest in the late 90's. I do applaud DN for trying. And it is her goal so good for her. But to cover this like it is an athletic achievement is a bit, well, misleading.
    It isn't an athletic achievement??? Hmmm... How many people of any age do you think could actually swim that many miles for that many hours? At (almost) 63 years old:
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    Quote Originally Posted by lefty View Post
    Am I the only one who think this is a little silly. It sort of reminds me of all the people who were "climbing" Everest in the late 90's.
    I can see where you're coming from and I'm a bit torn. It's not just Diana and a support boat. It's numerous boats including kayaks using an electric current to (hopefully) deter sharks. It's additional personnel in the water to further guard against sharks. It's a special swimsuit and a jellyfish expert in one of the escort boats to help with stings, etc., etc. Still, it's a remarkable physical achievement to be out in the elements for that long and it does take athleticism to swim that far in the open water. That said, I think this should and will be her last attempt. She's certainly given it a good try, but now it's pretty obvious it's just a little beyond what she can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    It isn't an athletic achievement??? Hmmm... How many people of any age do you think could actually swim that many miles for that many hours? At (almost) 63 years old:
    No, it's not. Athletic achievements have standards of conduct that allow others to assess what is being achieved. It is unclear what (if any) standards of conduct Diana was following in this event. Certainly NOT the standards of an "unassisted marathon swim," which is how she was representing this to the media.

    Giving her a pass because she's 63 years old is condescending and disrespectful to senior citizens. Lois Nochman doesn't get to pull on the laneline in backstroke because she's 87 years old - and I'm sure she wouldn't want to even if she could.

    This event certainly required courage, and perhaps a certain amount of swimming skill, but it would be properly categorized as a "stunt," not an athletic achievement. A stunt tainted by deceptive media practices.

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