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(10,237 posts)
Tue Sep 3, 2013, 09:28 PM Sep 2013

Something really ticks me off at the coverage of Diana Nyad's accomplishments.

Of course, if I wrote a thread about what the media does RIGHT, it may well be a 30 words or less thread.

IMHO, Diana Nyad is one of the greatest athletes ever in any sport. She accomplished a feat at age 64 that surpassed remarkable. At the same time that I've been saying that the calandar is catching up to Roger Federer, my favorite male tennis player, at the age of 32 (half Diana's age).

Today, I woke up to see stories on the web, probably written by 300+ pound "journalists" who were eating jelly doughnuts as they typed, stating that according to Diana Nyad's own swim timer, she isn't swimming as fast as she did in the 1970s. Shit!

Big frickin' whoop! Does freakin' ANYBODY do anything as fast as we did in the 1970s? I sure as hell don't!

Are there really sports writers out there so determined to shit all over something great that they stoop to saying that a great 64 year old swimmer is a little slower than she was as a great late 20s/early 30s swimmer? I call BULLSHIT!

If there is something that an athlete does wrong, than go git'em! Slowing down a little after 40 years? PUH-LEEZ!

If this is in the wrong forum, I apologize, but I seem to remember Diana Nyad coming out a few years ago. If I'm mistaken, than at least I'm sharing this in one of my favorite places in DU!

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!


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Something really ticks me off at the coverage of Diana Nyad's accomplishments. (Original Post) MarianJack Sep 2013 OP
I so agree! What crap. She is truly remarkable for any age! juajen Sep 2013 #1
I love swimming, but... MarianJack Sep 2013 #2
Faster = better???? Half-Century Man Sep 2013 #3
My dad told m that one,... MarianJack Sep 2013 #5
Sadly, I'm not really all that surprised theHandpuppet Sep 2013 #4
A WOMAN? MarianJack Sep 2013 #6
She is an out proud lesbian FreeState Sep 2013 #7
Cool! theHandpuppet Sep 2013 #8
I think you're right about advertisers, but... MarianJack Sep 2013 #11
Oh I'm sure she doesn't care theHandpuppet Sep 2013 #13
Yes, very true! MarianJack Sep 2013 #14
I agree, but... MarianJack Sep 2013 #12
I was going to make another post yesterday about her just to give her one more shout out, LeftofObama Sep 2013 #9
I agree! MarianJack Sep 2013 #10
Just for reference - Ms. Toad Sep 2013 #15
Good for you! MarianJack Sep 2013 #16


(10,237 posts)
2. I love swimming, but...
Tue Sep 3, 2013, 09:40 PM
Sep 2013

...I doubt that I've swum the distance between Cuba and Florida in my entire life, even without a bunch of sharks who could bite my ass off in my immediate vicinity!

Even when I was a dipshit homophobic college student in the 70s with the moronic notion that any gay guy was after my silly little sausage, I had enormous respect for Diana Nyad!


Half-Century Man

(5,279 posts)
3. Faster = better????
Tue Sep 3, 2013, 10:00 PM
Sep 2013

not really.....
Anyone know the old joke that ends with...Lets walk down and f*ck them all.


(10,237 posts)
5. My dad told m that one,...
Wed Sep 4, 2013, 12:34 AM
Sep 2013

...but he said "get" them all. I was about 14 at the time. I told my 13yo son the same way. It's a funny parable about a funny "pair a bulls!"



(19,964 posts)
4. Sadly, I'm not really all that surprised
Tue Sep 3, 2013, 10:19 PM
Sep 2013

Following some of the threads here and elsewhere concerning this amazing feat, I learned quite quickly that there was no shortage of individuals eager to diminish and belittle Nyad's acomplishment. One of the greatest individual athletic performances in sports history credited to a WOMAN? And an older woman at that! Can't have that, now.
Don't know if Nyad is gay but I can imagine that would really send the doughnut eaters over the edge.


(19,964 posts)
8. Cool!
Wed Sep 4, 2013, 01:04 AM
Sep 2013

Hasn't been mentioned in the news reports so I wasn't sure. Of course, that will be another reason she'll be ignored by sponsors who would normally be falling all over themselves to sign her up. First, she's a woman; second, she's an older woman; third, she's a lesbian. Where advertising is concerned that's three strikes and you're out.


(10,237 posts)
11. I think you're right about advertisers, but...
Wed Sep 4, 2013, 07:33 AM
Sep 2013

... also think that Diana Nyad doesn't give a rat's patoot about them.



(19,964 posts)
13. Oh I'm sure she doesn't care
Wed Sep 4, 2013, 11:07 AM
Sep 2013

I'm just being mad for her and for all women champions who lose out on advertizing dollars.


(4,243 posts)
9. I was going to make another post yesterday about her just to give her one more shout out,
Wed Sep 4, 2013, 06:04 AM
Sep 2013

but I figured most people would just ignore it.

Diana Nyad is an inspiration to me! I just got chills when I heard her say, "Never give up!" She did an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America yesterday and it just reaffirmed my admiration for her. Even though I'm a gay man, I swear I am in love with this woman. She is truly a hero!

Ms. Toad

(34,224 posts)
15. Just for reference -
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:51 AM
Sep 2013

until I developed vertigo about a year ago, I was swimming about 100 miles a year, in 1+ mile chunks.

I am around a decade younger than Diana, and it takes me about 45 minutes to swim a mile. So - if I swam my year's worth back to back it would still take me 82.5 hours. I swim faster than I did in the 70s - and when I showed my stats to folks who were actually on the swim team in the 70s, they were impressed.

Swimming even one mile in 29 minutes is a good clip, let alone 110 of them.


(10,237 posts)
16. Good for you!
Thu Sep 5, 2013, 08:34 AM
Sep 2013

I have so danged much arthritis that don't think I even breathe as fast as I did then! I'm 8 and I used to play tennis and run (not jog) 7 mile day.

MANY kudos to you for improving on your time!


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