Nyad defends herself to skeptics of Cuba-Fla. swim

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

MIAMI Addressing her skeptics, Diana Nyad claimed the right to set the ground rules for future swims from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

Speculation that she had gotten into or held onto a boat during part of her 53-hour journey drove Nyad and her team to hold a lengthy conference call Tuesday night with about a dozen members of the marathon swimming community.

Nyad said it was her understanding that the first person to make a crossing got to set the rules for that body of water. She said her "Florida Straits Rules" would largely maintain what they all agree on.

But she would allow innovations such as the protective full-body suit and mask she wore to shield herself from the venomous jellyfish.


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