Diana Nyad: 62-Year-Old Not Letting Jellyfish Stings Stop Historic Swim

Alex KayCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 15:  Swimmer Diana Nyad speaks onstage during the Women's Sports Foundation's 'Billie Awards' held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 15, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Diana Nyad isn’t giving up on her goal to swim from Cuba to Florida despite being disabled once again on her journey.

Nyad has been preparing to make the swim through the dangerous Florida Straits since January of 2010 and has been training by making endurance swims that last up to 24 hours.

In her trek on August 7th of this year, Nyad attempted to make the 103-mile journey but succumbed to shoulder pain and a crippling asthma attack that left her unable to breath; she gave up after 29 hours in the water.

At 62 years old, you would believe that the 29-hour swim that failed would be enough for Nyad, but she is making another attempt.

She started her second journey on Friday but again was stopped, this time by painful jellyfish stings.

Nyad is attempting to swim across the shark-infested Florida Straits without a cage and will be the first person to successfully do that if she eventually completes her journey.

According to The Telegraph,

“Nyad was removed from the water for treatment, but because she was not out of the water to rest, an independent observer from the International Swim Federation said the endurance swimmer could continue her bid for a record.”

This is a good sign because it seems that Nyad does not plan on quitting anytime soon. She first made an attempt back in 1978 and she has not given up on the goal in all of those years, so why would she stop now.

She is going to get back in the water tonight and it is going to be a critical evening as FOX Sports notes:

“Tonight, her second night in the open water, may be the most critical," Nyad's website said. "Steve Munatones, the independent observer for the International Swim Federation who is accompanying the expedition, says that swimmers have a much better chance of success if they can make it through the second night."