September 8, 2013
U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, right, and one her shark divers, Niko Gazzace, celebrate her record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida last Tuesday., talking to the media during a press conference in Key West, Fla. Ny. On social media and an online marathon swimming forum, long-distance swimmers debate whether Nyad got a boost from the boat that accompanied her or if she violated the traditions of her sport by relying on a mask and wetsuit as protection from jellyfish.
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Diana Nyad’s 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida has generated positive publicity and adoration for the 64-year-old endurance athlete — along with skepticism from some members of the small community of marathon swimmers who are questioning whether she accomplished the feat honestly.
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