Diana Nyad: The Most Amazing Athlete I’d Never Heard Of

The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens travel to Mile High to kick off the NFL season against the Denver Broncos. The Boston Red Sox head to the Bronx to face the New York Yankees in a four game weekend series with some serious playoff implications. Tennis goes prime time as ESPN treats its viewers to nightly matches from the U.S. Open. Oh yeah, and some lady you’ve probably never head of swims from Cuba to Florida.

Say what?!

September is a great time to be a sports fan, but probably the most amazing athletic feat of this season, or year, or maybe even much longer, didn’t receive nearly the build up that our more television (gambling) (bar room) -friendly sports have enjoyed over the past week or so, as 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person ever to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida without a shark cage. The 110-mile route took her just under 53 hours. It was her fifth attempt at the crossing. Her first came in 1978, when she was 28 years old.

Who even knew there were people actually attempting such a feat. Why isn’t this the top story on SportsCenter every night?

Read on at Free Sport

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