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Diana Nyad defends herself to skeptics of Cuba-Florida swim

MIAMI — Diana Nyad on Tuesday defended her 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida to skeptics who questioned whether she got into or held onto a boat during part of the journey.

Nyad said she swam without holding onto any of the boats or people accompanying her.

"I swam. We made it, our team, in squeaky-clean, ethical fashion," Nyad said.

Her critics are suspicious about long stretches of the 53-hour swim were Nyad appeared to have either picked up incredible speed or to have gone without food or drink. Since Nyad finished her swim Sept. 2 in Key West, long-distance swimmers have been debating it on social media and in online forums.

Nyad's speed, at some points more than doubling, has drawn particular scrutiny. Her team has attributed her speed to the fast-moving Gulf Stream flowing in her favor.

The 64-year-old endurance athlete and her team held a conference call with some of the skeptics who questioned her navigator's credentials and observations of the currents.

Nyad attempted the swim from Cuba to Florida four times before finally completing the journey on her fifth attempt, making her the first to make it without the aid of a shark cage.

Diana Nyad defends herself to skeptics of Cuba-Florida swim 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:44pm]
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