And yet - CNN gives this synchronized swimmer
- hailing from Espanâ of all places -
almost as much importance as the age-defying,
all-around stunning seawoman
that the one, the only
legendary open-water endurance swimmer
Diana Nyad unquestionably is...!
That is simply OUTRAGEOUS!
But that's another story -
check out Barcelona's Barracuda first...
CNN likes this water-logged creature a hell of a whole lot;
still, ''Siren from Spain'' eluded them completely
when it came time to affix her a catchy title...
Perhaps they feared the negative connotation
attached to that sobriquet?
Me, I would have welcomed the sincerity
and disarming honesty,
since we are talking about an ambitious grrl here
and one who hails from Barcelona at that...
Speaking of Barracuda though -
here's a freebie for the seas;
the wild wild web's dangerous seas, that is!
Don't mention it... *B*!
Now back to our subject here - our true subject being...
She who dove in three times - three times!!! -
in a determined attempt to be the first
to successfully cover the distance between
Cuba and Florida
swimming in the sea, past all manners
of predators - and jellyfish, too!
Alas, all three times, she had failed.
Yet she would try again...
But wait a minute now -
Diana Nyad may have been
the most obsessive about accomplishing it
but she is not, by no means, the only granny
who tried to do it:
British-Australian swimmer Penny Palfrey
also gave it the good ol' college try;
to no avail, probably,
since Diana (not Naida, as some newspapers reversed)
was still in line for the title of
''first person to successfully swim the distance
between Havana harbor and the Florida Keys!''
The picture above, for some unfathomable reason,
which was taken by one Ramon Espinosa, AP,
makes one think of those daring dames
inside a barrel...!
Don't know why...!
see for yourselves...!
An Aquawoman true and true -
she evokes only TIMELESSNESS and AWESOMENESS
as she finally crossed the distance
at the age of 64...!
finally achieved what she strove to be the best at
for the longest time;
be the first one, the only one
(bar the existence of an actual Aquaman)
to swim this incredible distance
without the insurance of a shark cage
covering one's, ah, assets!
She tried three times,
Finally, this September,
on what was her fourth attempt,
she made it through!
It took her 53 HOURS to do it -
and she wasn't in such great shape when she arrived
(seawater does that to you, y'know)
but she became, officially, the first one to bridge that divide
without the benefit of a shark cage indeed!
courtesy: Associated Press
She was so sure she would succeed in 2010 -
and, again, last year, at age 62, she was convinced that
the third time would be the charm and that she would be
celebrating her 63rd birthday in the Keys
with a victory party as well...
But she was destined to be crowned
queen of this particular neck of the seas
at 64 - and in 2013 - not before!
Here we see the legendary endurance swimmer
Diana Nyad once again
with her trainer, Bonnie Stoll, hugging (but not kissing)
(this isn't a kiss-n-tell after all)
mer-moments after Nyad finally came ashore
in Key West, Florida
after swimming for 53 hours from Cuba.
Nyad thus became the first person
to swim from Cuba to Florida
without the help of a shark cage -
a record that should never be equaled.
Picture: AP Source: AP
When she first attempted this, back in 1978,
Nyad was only 28 years of age,
coming of age and coming out, too...!
The 103-mile journey in the unforgiving seas
didn't scare her then, though;
it wouldn't scare her now,
given that she matured so very well...
Younger Nyad would fail only due to
unpredictable heavy waves
and strong naval winds;
older Nyad prevailed
against all odds!
Undeterred at each and all of her attempts
as by the daunting task that laid ahead,
Diana Nyad's fiercest obstacle remained
those pesky Portuguese Man-O-Wars -
and not the sharks at all!
Figures that a Mitylenian Nymph would have
trouble with man-o-wars and not fins, though...
As a matter of fact, it was after being stung
repeatedly by these fiercest of sea creatures
that Nyad had given up her previous two attempts
before finally succeeding, at last, now.
When not so drenched, and even a tad parched,
Diana Nyad is quite the Luminous Lady, I would say!
Diana Nyad has become an inspiration to all -
through this single most impressive exploit,
she proves that anyone, anywhere, can accomplish
whatever one wants to set out to accomplish;
all you have to do is display tenacity
and perseverance - as she has done.
If you fail once, twice or thrice -
you just keep on trying
and you will succeed, eventually!
(Maybe not on the fourth try as she did, though;
but eventually, surely!)
Diana Nyad in full aqua regalia!
Diana Nyad's exploits have been immortalized
in many ways now:
courtesy of the Legacy Boutique -
check it out!
Her overall look has been emulated
across the globe, too...
All aqua-tics admit it: they've got NYAD-ennvy!
She is an AQUAFICIONADA like no other!
Still... There are many skeptics out there, lost at sea...
So many under-the-weather (or under the water) doubters!
Among them, the hardcore fans of one Lynne Cox:
imagine that these peeps would say to thee
that she is greater than Diana Nyad...!
Lynne has got Sally The Seal's vote though,
or so it would appear here...
And to them, we shall say here and now:
HERESY - or hearsay?
One or the other...!
Lynne Cox's another fine
AQUAFICIONADA though -
More on her... some other aqua time!
Same aqua channel!
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