Required Reading for Diana Nyad 110

4. The Cassandras

1976.08.16
Mary Vespa, People Magazine
The Woman Who Swam Around Manhattan Plans to Tackle the English Channel, Round Trip

‘She has a tremendous reputation for not finishing races,’ complains Tom Hetzel, seven-time conqueror of the English Channel. ‘She has gotten more publicity for doing less than anyone I know.’


1977.04.11
Nickie McWhirter, Detroit Free Press
All She Hears Is Water, All She Sees Is Fog

McWhirter didn’t get that Nyad lied; but she understood that, whatever Nyad was doing, it was all theater:

‘You feel worse and worse and worse until you either pass out or pass the finish line, or quit,’ she says. ‘No one enjoys marathon swimming.’

Does it matter that Diana’s mother never sees her swim and that she has not seen her father for 10 years? I don’t know. It’s a morality play.


1978.08.02
Connie Coyne Sjostrom, Fort Lauderdale News
Diana’s Hyped Swim: Will Justice Now Triumph Over Egotism, Arrogance?

All fanatics—especially those who are fanatics about themselves—are boring.

That’s what Diana seems to miss.


1978.08.27
Neil Milbert, Chicago Tribune
Swim Perils Don’t Slow Kinsella

Diana is such a joke to anybody who knows anything about marathons.


1978.09.18.
Jonathan Yardley, Sports Illustrated review of Other Shores,
Diana Nyad Writes on Her Favorite Subjects—Swimming and Diana Nyad


1978.12.21
Mary Gordon, New York Review of Books
Swim or Sink

The timing of the book is peculiar. Nyad wrote it before the Cuba swim, but it was to be published after, as if she had completely ignored the possibility that her swim might fail.


1979.09.24.
Ray Kennedy, Sports Illustrated
Go for the Gold, Doc

[Diana Nyad is] a very mediocre swimmer with a very good publicist. Most of her swims have been failures. For instance, she has attempted to swim the [English] Channel three times and has never finished.


2013
David Heeren,  The Sporting Stings
Marathon Mouth

Despite failure after failure in attempts to swim from Cuba to the United States, and even to make the common English Channel Crossing, Nyad, whom I initially interviewed in 1971, has become such a master of hyperbole that she always seems able to lure a lapdog crowd of media to her events.


2015.10.25
Jennifer Kay, AP
Nyad memoir may charm fans but not win more