Why Does Diana Make Stuff Up?

Diana Nyad wants fortune, fame, and adoration. To ensure acquisition thereof, she exaggerates and lies.

Early in her career, Nyad was more candid than she is now about her career goals. From a 1975 interview:

I would not deny that the day to day motivations are fame and fortune…. I want very much to be recognized.

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Everybody’s Doin’ It

Diana Nyad says that everyone who’s anyone has tried to swim the Florida Strait. Is that true?

From the Brink of Midnight podcast, #9:

All the great swimmers of the ocean have tried [to swim from Cuba to Florida]—male, female, young, strong, fast…. [28:05]

Complete nonsense.

So how many have attempted the swim? Besides Nyad herself, I count five:

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