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“I stand here before you feeling like I own the earth because of twenty years in a sport. That's what we're fighting for — to make sure that everybody out there, every little girl and every high school girl and every 55-year-old woman ashamed of her fat, could feel like I feel — like she owns the earth.”
“I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process.”
Diana Nyad, U.S. champion long-distance swimmer, writer, journalist