110 miles, 53 hours: Questions for Diana Nyad

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited February 2014
    Here is a PDF of the Nyad profile in the current New Yorker:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/assets/nyad/Nyad_NewYorker.pdf

    (8.2MB download)
  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    Thank you @evmo.

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    OMG! I'm only one paragraph in and already I'm reeling. "...breaking the record by nearly an hour" talking about Manhattan. Ugh!

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    OK, finished page one. Took a while. What her last three Cuba-Florida swims that I've followed has done to me is that I feel I have to "fact check" every damn paragraph that these journalists are writing.

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited February 2014
    I have been a New Yorker subscriber continuously since my freshman year of college, and this is... disappointing.

    I encourage any forum member who feels inspired to write a Letter to the Editor:

    http://www.newyorker.com/contact/contactus
  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    @evmo, have you been fact-checking as you go? I'm getting tired of trying to check their facts. Find any errors? (N.B., I'm only on page 2.)

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    OK, now the article is getting gross.

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    So I think prednisone and oxygen count as "assisted." ;)

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    $350,000 is a lot of money in the 1970's?!?!?! It's a lot of freaking money NOW!

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  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited February 2014
    Where's Walter Poenish.
    I miss his crossing in the article.

    I read it all as an article written by DN herself and than the reporter submitted it under her own name: Ariel Levy.

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  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    In the New Yorker article, Nyad repeated some rather disturbing allegations against her high school swim coach, Jack Nelson. Nelson was an Olympian in 1956 and subsequently had a hall-of-fame coaching career in Florida. Nelson, now 82, denies the accusations.

    As article about the controversy is here:

    http://www.swimvortex.com/another-shocker-from-the-vault-diana-nyad-vs-jack-nelson/
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member
    '...Stoll began to gather information: "Let's figure out the nutrition; let's write to people. But nobody really knows."
    What they wanted to do had never been accomplished by anyone, male or female, at any age.'

    I guess this New Yorker writer doesn't read the WSJ! Or she may have realized that DN had 'apologized' for her untoward actions against Walter Poenish...oh, and that someone else had swum from Cuba to FL!!

    These two publications have sorely disappointed.
    Merely "rags" to me now, lacking any real confidence in their journalistic integrity!
  • bobswimsbobswims OregonCharter Member
    edited February 2014
    evmo said:
    You can't take this article seriously. The first sentence breaks my rule that no sentence shall exceed 50 words, (The rule itself is a joke because if a sentence is long enough that you find yourself counting the words, it is too long)
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited February 2014
    "a tale...
    ...full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    "a tale...
    ...full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing."

    With a lot of talk about their north current but still no proof of it's actual existence.

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member
    Sure does look like a wetsuit...
    JBirrrd

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  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member
    From the summary text under the video on the Motherboard site:

    "Before launching into any sport, it's important to know three things: the rules, the stakes, and when to quit. In the case of Diana Nyad, the resolute 64-year-old long-distance swimmer, acknowledging two out of three ain't bad."

    ;-)
  • bobswimsbobswims OregonCharter Member
    After the competition is over, Diana will write up the rules and declare herself the winner.
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    It's my pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2014 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year election from National Geografic is Kilian Jornet. DN didn't make it. #-o http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2014/kilian-jornet-photos/

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  • That's actually great. There have been some great Nat Geo Adventurer winners. Had Diana Nyad been associated with 2008 overall winner winner Sherpa Pemba Gyalje, I for one would have been sickened and it would have annoyed me far more than most of her stupid self-serving antics.
  • gregocgregoc Charter Member
    @loneswimmer, I was refering to the 2014 winner, Kilian Jornet.


    "Kilian Jornet, the 2014 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year, is redefining what is possible in the mountains by blurring the lines between trail running and technical climbing. In 2013, the 26-year-old Catalonian set a new speed record running up and down the Matterhorn in two hours and 52 minutes. He also set a record on Mont Blanc. These peaks are part of his four-year Summits of My Life project, in which Jornet will attempt new speed records on the world's most iconic mountains."
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
    edited March 2014
    Sorry @Gregoc I was at cross purposes there! Deleted my irrelevant non-sequitur!
  • bruckbruck San FranciscoMember
    Diana's official YouTube channel has been scrubbed:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DianaNyad/featured
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2014/09/01/key-west-to-honor-diana-nyads-record-setting-swim/
    Monday’s ceremony at Smathers Beach featured Keys officials unveiling a bronze plaque that is to be installed by the City of Key West on the promenade wall in front of the beach. Plans call for a life-size sculpture of Nyad, to be commissioned by the Key West Art in Public Places Board, to augment the plaque at a later date.

    Exodus 22-20
    He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

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  • “When someone says to me, ‘Are you going to do it again?’, I just shake my head and say, ‘Are you insane? Why would I do that again?’ There are other mountains to climb,” said Nyad. “This one was a 35-year dream, and it’s over. How could you have a better story and a better ending?”
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    edited September 2014
    It's still an unproven feat for me.

    After a year still no documentation provided to the community to prove all her claims.
    Till she does she's the biggest scam artist there is.
    But all documents shown a year after the claimed event won't be to reliable any more. Too much time with the ability to doctor them has passed.

    Now I can't prove all this but neither can/did she prove me wrong.
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  • KNicholasKNicholas ArizonaCharter Member
    After September 11, I held my tongue. All of the public positions had been taken -- for, against, good, evil. I had nothing more to add. So I thought, Bring in the clowns, you know what I mean? That's why I've done a coupla years' worth of comedies.
    -- Jack Nicholson

    After Nyad, . . .
    IronMikeNiek
  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member
    I pondered posting to this thread again and am ambivalent but my one thought , after seeing Chloe stumble out of the water, face swollen, unsteady to say the least, tearful... was... THAT is what one looks like after 40+ hours in the water.

    And.. that is NOT what Nyad looked like at all.
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  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member
    She would have IF she had swum the whole time and distance......
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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member

    Anyone else find it humourous (that's for you Donal) that DN has titled her latest book "Find a Way"? ;)

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  • pavlicovpavlicov NYCSenior Member
    edited October 2015

    Anytime this thread resurfaces, I get depressed. Can we bury everything about her, never say her name and forget that she exists? Unless of course, someone has a video or her being on the boat during her swim ...

    AnthonyMcCarley
  • @pavlivcov, No, not by me. Because then the only community who understands the issue would not be heard. We may be a tiny voice, but I know a lot of people have heard us and those that have can see and balance the lies and deception against the unanswered questions.

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  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    When I even gently suggest to friends who mention her that there are a lot of unanswered questions about the help she revived, many will jump to her defense. People don't like to see doubt cast on their heroes and when someone gets played up in the media as a hero, anyone who questions that status is dismissed as just jealous or a naysayer. Took a long time for ppl to awaken to Lance Armstrong's drug use. Eventually they did. I think people don't want to accept that their superhuman heroes aren't as superhuman as they thought.

  • NoelFigartNoelFigart Lebanon, NHSenior Member

    Among my friends, when I am discussing swimming, I'll be asked if I want to be like Ms. Nyad. When I say quietly, "Not really, no. I prefer independent observation and better documentation," it seems to open the dialog in a way that people are willing to listen.

    dpm50suziedodsNiekAnthonyMcCarleyrosemarymintJSwim
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member

    I'll tell you why it's important for our voices to be heard and to decry our anti-hero sentiment loud and clear...and for me it's not about whether she swam some long ass swim or not. It's that she's profiteering (anyone look at what she's getting for some of her speaking engagements?! And twice I've seen her bio billing her as "Olympian"...wtf?!) based on a life of lies, deceit, and ruining lives along her way! If we who know better don't continue to oppose the myth and fallacy, then the loud mouth will be the only one heard and the story (myth) becomes people's truth, misguided as that is.

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. - JFK

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  • I had this lined up for a blog post, but I may as well put it here:

    Turning once again, and this time more generally, to the question of Swim Frauds, I would observe that there has never been a period in all these long centuries of which we boast when an absolute guarantee against deception, still less against complete fraud, could have been given to the general public.

    In the days of Webb and Ederle, [... ] the same wind which would have carried swimmers across the Channel might have driven away the Aspirants. There was always the chance, and it is that chance which has excited and befooled the imaginations of many Aspirants. Many are the tales that are told.

    We are assured that novel methods will be adopted, and when we see the originality of deceit, the ingenuity of misrepresentation, which those Motivational Speakers display, we may certainly prepare ourselves for every kind of novel stratagem and every kind of brutal and treacherous manœuvre. I think that no idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered and viewed with a searching, but at the same time, I hope, with a steady eye. We must never forget the solid assurances of the Marathon Swimming Community and prompt those with hard-won experience to get locally exercised.

    I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best reports are made, as they are being made by MSF and CS&PF and SBCSA and others, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our sport and our values, to ride out the storm of deceit, and to outlive the menace of individual frauds, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of the Marathon Swimmer's Forum– almost every one of them. That is the will of the average swimmers and the pioneers. The Channel and Marathon communities linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend their hard-won water, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.

    Even though large tracts of the Media and some old and famous Associations have fallen or may fall into the grip of Conflicts of Interest and all the odious apparatus of fraud and self-promotion, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall swim to France, we shall swim in the seas and oceans, we shall swim with growing confidence and growing strength, we shall defend our community, whatever the cost may be. We shall swim from the beaches, we shall swim in the Channels and we shall swim in the lakes and in the rivers; we shall never cheat, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this sport or a large part of it were misled and corrupt, then our community of the water, piloted by True Pilots and observed by True Observers, would carry on the struggle, until, in Webb's good time, the Honest Swimmer, in all their elegance and glory, steps out of the water to the rescue of our trust and the liberation of our sport.

    The historically-minded amongst you will recognise it as a repurposed version of Churchill's Fight Them On the Beaches House of Commons June 1940 speech.

    NieksuziedodsevmoDanSimonelliJSwim
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    I have high hopes that the evidence will finally will be revealed. A strong weapon has been engaged.Image10

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  • swimrn62swimrn62 NY, NYMember

    Hysterical!

    If anyone wants to question her face to face, she's giving a free talk at the Hilton Hotel in NYC.
    Link is here: https://www.runmyclub.com/hudson/eventcalendar.asp?id=208881 Promo code is Diana for free entry.

  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    She is also at the Marin JCC, Oct 29 I was offered a ticket. #1- I don't think I could bear to be in the same room and #2- my tendency to speak off the cuff could get me thrown out...

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  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member

    I dared to look at the runmyclub link to see...and sure enough, there it is again!!!

    "...and how was she able to complete a swim in her sixties that she couldn’t as a young Olympian"

    Dumbfknfounded!

  • lakespraylakespray Senior Member

    suziedods said: She is also at the Marin JCC, Oct 29 I was offered a ticket. #1- I don't think I could bear to be in the same room and #2- my tendency to speak off the cuff could get me thrown out...

    Suzie it's my express wish that you attend and speak off the cuff. In fact I'm guessing a bunch of us would like to see that. Maybe we should start a Kick-starter campaign for your possible post attendance legal fee's

    ;)

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  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member

    lakespray said: Suzie it's my express wish that you attend and speak off the cuff. In fact I'm guessing a bunch of us would like to see that. Maybe we should start a Kick-starter campaign for your possible post attendance legal fee's

    Hey, there's a Kickstarter I could get behind! The only reward I want is a video of you questioning her!

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  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    I need to have a pre-event prep( kind of like the SAT) , or time off work to re-read this thread.

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  • I would love the opportunity to tackle her again, as my main regret is being too polite during the infamous review call, though at that stage we hadn't realised how she would continue to lie.

    I'd keep it simple and focused and direct. My first thoughts:

    "You have repeatedly claimed a world record swim from Cuba to Florida and claimed that you have presented proof of the swim and of the current that assisted you. Two years later, neither are true. The marathon swimming community in general who are best qualified to understand your claims, does not believe you. Why do you continue to present such lies to the public?"

    suziedodsNiekDanSimonelliKatieBun
  • swimrn62swimrn62 NY, NYMember

    I'll offer a place to stay in Manhattan for any forum member who wants to ask (polite-ish) questions.

    pavlicovsuziedodsJenA
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  • mauprietomauprieto Barcelona, Spain and San Francisco, CAMember

    DanSimonelli said: I dared to look at the runmyclub link to see...and sure enough, there it is again!!!

    "...and how was she able to complete a swim in her sixties that she couldn’t as a young Olympian"

    Dumbfknfounded!

    I've seen here that DN refers to having completed her "personal olympics" by "successfully swimming eighty-nine miles in the open ocean, in twenty-seven hours and thirty-eight minutes". I guess that's what makes her an "Olympian" (according to her rule book)?

    DanSimonellievmo
  • DanSimonelliDanSimonelli San Diego CASenior Member

    I'm wondering...if Evan has set some kind of bells/whistles or perhaps a time bomb to blow up this most commented forum thread once it hits 1000 comments...?!
    :-O
    I'm certain it will hit 1000 given DN's propensity for continued fodder for our amusement and disdain! <:-P

    evmoIronMike
  • IronMikeIronMike rebounds.quit.investedCharter Member

    mauprieto said: I've seen here that DN refers to having completed her "personal olympics" by "successfully swimming eighty-nine miles in the open ocean, in twenty-seven hours and thirty-eight minutes". I guess that's what makes her an "Olympian" (according to her rule book)?

    Not only that @mauprieto, but that article says she was "the first person ever to swim...across lake Ontario." But as far as I can find, she was the first to swim it N to S, but was the 7th to cross the lake, not the "first ever."

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