- Grew up believing her stepfather, Aristotle Nyad, was her birth father; her mother didn't tell her the truth until she was an adult.
- Hoped to qualify for the 1968 Summer Olympics, but became bed-ridden with a bout of endocarditis just months before the games.
- Expelled from Emory University after parachuting out of a 4th floor window.
- Broke the record for the fastest swim around the island of Manhattan in 1975.
- In 1979, swam between the Bahamas and Florida; retired from distance swimming after the race.
- Released her first book, Other Shores, an autobiography, in 1978.
- Became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage when she did so in 2013; this was her fifth attempt at the swim.
- Competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, partnered with Henry Byalikov.
- Aristotle Nyad — Stepfather
- William Sneed — Father
- Lucy Curtis — Mother
- Billy Nyad — Brother
- Nina Lederman — Ex-significant Other
- Liza Eversole — Sister
- Attended Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States; Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, United States (1973); attended New York University, New York, New York, United States
- Birth Name: Diana Sneed
- Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
- Profession: Swimmer, Writer
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