Diana Nyad to Confront Cuba Swim Skeptics


Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Ernesto Mastrascusa/LatinContent/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad will directly confront skeptics and their claims that she was dishonest about her record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida at a closed-door meeting on Tuesday, her spokeswoman said.

“She is committed to complete transparency,” Nyad’s spokeswoman, Alexandra Crotin, said Monday in a statement.

Crotin did not answer questions about details of the meeting, including where and when it was taking place and who planned to attend.

Nyad, 64, and her 110-mile swim became the subject of debate last week among members of MarathonSwimmers.org, a members-only forum for distance swimmers. Critics on the site have been examining stroke speed, currents and other factors to determine whether Nyad was telling the truth about the September 2 swim. Critics say they are also skeptical about the speed with which she completed the journey and a 7-hour stretch in which she did not stop to eat.

The website did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Nyad said at a press conference last week that she was surprised at how fast the swim went.

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