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.