Diana Nyad loves to tell stories. She loves to tell stories about big things—“I was the first woman to swim around Manhattan”—and little things—“Margie and I…started eating all our dinners in Miami at Benihana”—and all sorts of things in between.
You’ll find a theme here and throughout all of Nyad’s deceptions: she will say or do whatever she thinks will enhance her public image. She will distort the truth, ignore the rules, slander other swimmers, and denigrate or disregard the achievements of other marathoners while claiming those achievements as her own. It’s all okay in her book as long as it furthers her cause: the deification of Diana Nyad.