Diana emerged after swimming 111 miles crawling, resilient, tenacious; accomplishing what few people ever achieve.

Our first Best with Age spotlight is Diana Nyad. In her twenties, Diana was a champion long-distance swimmer. In 1978, at age 28 Diana first attempted her historic swim to Havana, Cuba covering 76 miles. Diana completed her last long-distance swim at age 30, and didn’t get back in the water for three decades until her dream reemerged at age 60.

“You have a dream 35 years ago — doesn’t come to fruition, but you move on with life. But it’s somewhere back there. Then you turn 60, and your mom just dies, and you’re looking for something. And the dream comes waking out of your imagination,” – Diana Nyad

Diana started training again in her 60’s attempting and failing her very historic and very publicized swim.

Then on September 2, 2013, a swimmer came into view on the Key West horizon and Diana Nyad emerged after swimming 111 miles crawling, resilient, tenacious, and brilliantly triumphant at age sixty-four. Her record-breaking swim is a true testament to the tenacity of the human spirit.

Photo Credit: (Walter Michot / Miami Herald)

#BestWithAge  A Blog Series About How the Human Spirit Shines Brightest with Time