In search of the truth about Diana Nyad



Selected References


The Diana Canon

  1. Basic Training for Women
  2. Find a Way. New York: Random House. 2015.
  3. “History Rewritten….to my GREAT Surprise!” blog post. June 10, 2011 (archived)
  4. Other Shores. New York: Random House. 1978.




  1. Archdeacon, Tom. “A Free Spirit Tries to Plunge into History,” Miami News. June 16, 1978.
  2. Bearak, Barry. “Her Biggest Splash Will Be In Soap and Perrier Water,” Miami Herald. July 31, 1978.
  3. Bushman, John. “Making the Team…That’s the Name of the Game,” Swimming World and Junior Swimmer. September, 1968.
  4. Dudar, Helen. “Diana Nyad’s Magnificent Obsession.” New Times, 26 June 1978.
  5. Galchen, Riva. “The Hunger: Swimming from Cuba to Florida,” Elle. May 25, 2012.
  6. Greenspan, Emily. “Out Of The Water And Onto The Airwaves: The Obsessions Of Diana Nyad.” Ms. Magazine. October 1985.
  7. Gum, Lori. “Lost at Sea.” (614) Magazine. October 2013.
  8. “In the Swim with Diana Nyad.” Military Life. November-December 1974.
  9. Kennedy, Ray. “‘Go For The Gold, Doc.’” Sports Illustrated. September 24, 1979.
  10. Nyad, Diana. “Endurance: How Marathon Swimmer Diana Nyad Both Triumphed Over—And Was Beaten by the English Channel.” Mademoiselle. April 1978.
    [Note: “Endurance . . . ” is taken almost verbatim from the English Channel section of Nyad’s first memoir, Other Shores. Also, you’ll notice that the pages have water damage. That’s because I copied them from a bound volume that survived the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire.]
  11. Prial, Frank. “Woman Swimmer Circles Manhattan On Her 2d Attempt.” New York Times. October 7, 1975.
  12. Sataline, Susan. “Celebration Gives Way to Questions and Doubt After a Record Swim.” New York Times. September 8, 2013.
  13. Shapiro, Jane. “Marathon Woman: What Makes Diana Nyad Swim?” Viva. November 1978.
  14. Shapiro, Jane. “The Obsession of the Long-Distance Swimmer.” Ms. Magazine. August 1978.
  15. Shapiro, Jane. “What Makes Diana Nyad Swim? An Absolutely Killing Ambition.” The Village Voice. February 2, 1976.

    NEW: Higher resolution scan from the Village Voice: page 1 / page 2

  16. Shapiro, Jane. “What Makes Diana Nyad Swim? An Absolutely Killing Ambition.” Eastern [Airlines] Review. 1976.
    Reprint (in part) of above article from The Village Voice
  17. Sherbert, Linda. “Diana’s Big Splash In The Big Apple.” Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel. November 16, 1975.
  18. Weil, Elizabeth. “Marathon Swimmer Diana Nyad Takes On the Demons of the Sea.” The New York Times Magazine. December 1, 2011.
  19. Whedon, Julia. “Marathon Woman.” New York Times. June 18, 1978.




  1. Grossman, Joe. A History of Marathon Swimming. Ft. Lauderdale: ISHOF. 2017.
  2. Johnson, Capt. Tim. History of Open-Water Marathon Swimming. Buzzard’s Bay: Captain’s Engineering Services. 2005.
  3. Wennerberg, Conrad. Wind, Waves, and Sunburn. New York: Barnes. 1974.




  • Diana: A Documentary. WIGS Unscripted. 2012.
  • “Diana Nyad Discusses Historic Cuba-Florida Swim.” ABC News. 2013. Includes transcript. Partial notated transcript here.
  • “Extreme swimming with the world’s most dangerous jellyfish.” TEDMED. 2011.
  • Lake Forest College Commencement Speech. May 9, 2015.
  • Middlebury College Commencement Speech. May 25, 2014. Includes transcript.
  • Piers Morgan - Diana Nyad: ‘Our Team Is Squeaky Clean,’ CNN. November 9, 2013. Transcript.
  • Town Hall Seattle. November 23, 2015. Transcript.
  • Wheeler, Timothy. The Other Shore. 2013.



    1. “A Conversation with Diana Nyad.” The Fit Formula. February 3, 2014.
    2. “Diana Nyad.” OpenWaterpedia.
    3. Kay, Jennifer. “Diana Nyad defends record Cuba-Florida swim as ‘squeaky clean.’” NBC News. September 11, 2013.
    4. Lemieux, Camille. “Did Diana Nyad ’73 Lie in her 2015 Commencement Speech?: An Interview with Daniel Slosberg.” Lake Forest College Stentor. March 3, 2017.
    5. McCarley, Anthony. Cuba to Florida Timeline. December 2015
    6. Morrison, Evan. “Nyad Agonistes: The anatomy of a social media campaign.” October 9, 2013.
    7. Nyad, Diana. “I am the world record swimmer Diana Nyad, ask me anything!” reddit. 2014.
    8. Riera, Gabriel. “Conversations: Diana Nyad.” MDC News. August 31, 2016.
    9. Robertson, Linda. “Diana Nyad: Cuba-to-Florida swim was ‘squeaky clean.’” Miami Herald. September 17, 2013.
    10. Zarella, John. “Diana Nyad fires back against questions raised over her Cuba-Florida swim.” CNN. September 11, 2013.