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Marathon Swimmer Diana Nyad Speaks at St. Louis County Library

Press Release

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present record-breaking athlete and author Diana Nyad for a discussion and signing of her memoir “Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman’s Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream” on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
 
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
 
The event is co-sponsored by GO! St. Louis, Maryville University, and Memory and Its Muse.  

Diana Nyad shares the amazing, inspiring story of her record-breaking swim, after four failed attempts, from Cuba to Florida, at the age of 64—and her extraordinary quest to live life at the highest level, in and out of the water.

On September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West after completing a 110-mile, 53-hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters and delivered three messages to the world: never, ever give up; you're never too old to chase your dreams; and it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team. Millions of people around the world were moved by her incredible tenacity and determination, her triumph after so many bitter failures, and by the mantra—find a way—that enabled her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young Olympian in peak form. 
     
In “Find a Way,” she shares the life experiences and lessons that helped her to realize her dream. She was a world-class swimmer by the time she left high school; in 1975, at the age of 26, she circumnavigated the island of Manhattan and became a star. She made her first attempt at the Cuba-to-Florida swim soon after, but was blown off course and pulled from the water after 79 miles. A year later, on her thirtieth birthday, she broke the open-ocean world record for both men and women, swimming 102 miles unassisted and without a shark cage. She did not swim another stroke for three decades.
     
Why, at 64, was she able to achieve what she could not at 30? How did her repeated failures contribute to her success? What inner resources did Nyad draw on during her days and nights in the water, and how did the power of her mind and spirit trump the limitations of her body? This is the story of an unforgettable journey—physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological—and a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging our passions, and living life with no regrets.
 
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit www.slcl.org.
 
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