Diana Nyad says her lies are “ancient history.” A recent TIME piece proves otherwise.
In an August Los Angeles Times article, Diana Nyad says her fabrications are “ancient history.” However, a recent TIME item demonstrates once again that you shouldn’t believe a serial liar when she says she’s stopped lying.
First, though, Park shows she misunderstands the fundamental controversy regarding Nyad’s crossing:
Marathon swimmers remain divided over whether the swim was “unassisted” or “assisted.”
Only a few marathon swimmers — if any — cling to the “unassisted” myth, but we do disagree on whether she completed the crossing under her own power.
[NYAD:] “I understand why someone might be rankled if they don’t get any recognition for all of that training and achievement.”
What rankles marathon swimmers — most of whom don’t thirst for wide recognition — is that the most recognized person in the sport is a serial liar who cares little about marathon swimming beyond the self-aggrandizement she can extract from it. Continue reading →
According to an article Vanity Fair posted yesterday, the upcoming Nyad biopic “doesn’t paint [her] as a liar.” If that’s true, then Diana’s latest Holocaust exploitation tale proves the filmmakers didn’t have a clue about their subject.
During the COVID lockdown, Diana Nyad took members of her walking group, EverWalk, on two virtual journeys: one from Cuba to Florida (Diana walked on water!) and another along le chemin de la liberté, “The Freedom Trail.”
Those who signed up monitored their progress using a step-tracking app, WalkerTracker. For the Freedom Trail journey, they followed “the actual story of Diana Nyad’s mother Lucy” and her “escape from the Nazis over the famous Chemin de la Liberté in the Pyrenees.”
However, she includes a photo from his crossing (see above). I’m not sure if she meant her EverWalkers to think it’s Maroney, or if it’s Nyad’s way of acknowledging-without-acknowledging the man about whom she said,
Last night, a journalist researching Diana Nyad asked me if Nyad ever claimed to have completed an English Channel crossing. I couldn’t remember her saying so, but I recalled her walking right up to the edge.
The article contains plenty of other lies, including
she was still working on her PhD at NYU.
she was an Olympic-caliber swimmer.
she was “rated the top marathon swimmer in the world.”
But what demonstrates Nyad’s greatness as a con artist — along with her more recent success convincing the press, public, and a handful of marathon swimmers that she swam from Cuba to Florida under her own power — are the first three words of the article’s title: “No-fear swimmer.”
The Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF) has not publicly declared a stance on ratifying Diana Nyad’s Cuba–Florida crossing. Two members of MSF’s core group posted strong opinions about the subject on Facebook. But until MSF issues a statement, SwimSwam’s headline remains erroneous and misleading.
No need to tell them, though — they already know (see the article’s comments section).
Nyad at three new festivals in October
Mill Valley Film Festival Thu, Oct 13, 6:15 pm / Sun, Oct 15, 7 pm
Looks like the directors will be there for the first showing. Tickets for that date are available only “AT RUSH.”
They use name-calling and dismissiveness. Besides a well-funded PR campaign, that’s all they’ve got.
Over the last several years, I’ve gathered indisputable evidence of Diana Nyad’s five-decade history of lies. I’ve also found multiple instances of her minimizing and outright stealing the accomplishments of other women.
The Nyad filmmakers can’t concede Nyad’s history of deceit because doing so would acknowledge their blunder.
Steven Munatones used Openwaterpedia to do more than ratify Diana Nyad’s crossing and make her look like the best marathon swimmer of the 1970s. He fabricated records for himself and another marathon swimmer who had no idea what Steven was up to.