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It was a victory more than 30 years in the making. On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. First gaining national attention in 1975 as the first woman to swim around the island of Manhattan, Diana originally tried to swim the Florida Straits in 1978 when she was just 28 years old. It took a lengthy retirement, three more failed attempts and a few years of intense training before she successfully completed the challenge. Her story is an inspirational case study on how perseverance and hard work can make your dreams a reality. Browse through these photos to see her adventure unfold.