Sunday, November 9, 2008

Entertaining Open Water Swimming Speech

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Diana Nyad gave a motivational speech this year to the MassMutual Financial Group called This Way to Success.

To listen to her speech, click here, posted by the Premiere Motivational Speakers Bureau.

In the first part of this speech, Nyad talks about a Lake Ontario professional marathon swim in 1974 in 48°F water. Later, Nyad swam from the north to south in Lake Ontario in 18 hours 20 minutes, but was removed from the water unconscious after 20 hours 30 minutes on her way going back on a double-crossing attempt. The details of her solo swim are well-described in her book Other Shores.

Photo of Nyad from the American Heart website.

Copyright © 2008 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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