Diana Nyad Fact Check
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CLAIM:  "The only...world-class swim I had tried and failed at back in my twenties was going from Cuba to Florida." [TEDMED, 2011, at 2:10. Full transcript here. Also in THE OTHER SHORE at 8:42]

FACT:  In her twenties, she attempted the English Channel three times and failed at each attempt.

Nyad devotes a chapter of her first memoir, OTHER SHORES, to her English Channel attempts. She tries three times in the summer of 1976, then never returns. "Unfortunately," she concludes, "the Channel was not a glorious success to be tallied up for the record with many other crossings. It was a defeat" (p. 138).

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