June 27, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Aerial view of the pool at CenturyLink Center prior to the finals on day three of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming team trialsMandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Diana Nyad raises over $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy victims

Already having swam from Cuba to Florida sans shark cage earlier this year, 64-year-old Diana Nyad isn’t slowing down one bit. The endurance swimmer just spent 48 hours continuously swimming in an effort to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The stunt was a success, and she raised over $100,000.

Nyad was understandably exhausted after covering 96 miles in a 40-yard pool without stopping — her swim from Cuba to Florida was 110 miles — and told reporters afterwards that the swim was a lot tougher than she had anticipated it being. “This one was a bear,” she said, which speaks volumes regarding the task’s difficulty (considering she had previously braved shark-infested waters and all).

Nyad was not alone in her swim this time, though. Some of the first responders from when Sandy hit accompanied her for stretches, as did U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte.

Though she’s done with her two-day swim, you can still donate to the cause here. We salute Nyad for her big heart, her courage, and her amazing athletic prowess.

[Source: Reuters]


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