Aug 8, 2011

And she's off: KCRW's Diana Nyad begins attempt at Cuba-Florida swim

At 7:45 p.m. Eastern last night (Aug. 7), KCRW's Diana Nyad entered waters off Havana to began her second attempt to swim the 103 miles between Cuba and Florida. Matt Sloane from CNN is in a support boat and Tweeting what could be a 60-hour journey; CNN also is tracking the swim here. Sloane report at around 9 a.m. Eastern this morning that 20 miles into the swim Nyad is doing well, with the exception of a few minor shoulder pains.

CNN reported the start of her odyssey last night. "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.

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