Diana Nyad meets with skeptical marathon swimming community

Published On: Sep 09 2013 09:59:42 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 10:43:40 AM EDT

Diana Nyad is planning to meet with members of the marathon swimming community who are skeptical about her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

In a statement today, Nyad's spokeswoman says the 64-year-old endurance athlete is proud of her accomplishment and "committed to complete transparency."

Nyad plans to swim for 48 hours in New York City. A special pool will be installed for a fundraiser event on October 8-10; it will be held for people who lost their homes in Superstorm Sandy.

On Monday, Sept. 2, Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective cage. It took her nearly 53 hours to complete the journey. It was her fifth attempt at the journey in 35 years, swimming from her start in the ocean in Havana to ending at the Key West beach.

Many people apart of the Marathon Swimmers Forum took to social media and the Internet to criticize Nyad, debating whether she got a boost from the boat that was accompanying her due to a particularly speedy stretch of her swim.

The community of swimmers also questioned if using a specialized mask and body suit to protect herself from jellyfish was a violation of the traditions of the sport, where many strict guidelines are established in place known as English Channel rules.


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