Cuba to Florida swimmer Diana Nyad gets Cuban award

US swimmer Diana Nyad less than two miles off Key West, Florida September 2, 2013US swimmer Diana Nyad — the first to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage — was presented with Cuba’s Order of Sporting Merit, the first American athlete to receive the award. Nyad, after four failed attempts, successfully swam from Cuba to Key West Florida in September 2013 without a shark cage, in a 53-hour feat. First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel, also head of Cuba’s Olympic Committee, said Nyad had been given the award in “recognition of her prowess, as a symbol of friendship between our peoples.” Nyad said her next attempted feat of endurance will be to walk across the United States from California to Washington “to draw attention to the problem of obesity,” followed by another project in Cuba to try to boost US-Cuba relations.

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