PHOENIX, Arizona, October 2. DIANA Nyad’s story continues to amaze people around the world, and this Sunday, Oprah Winfrey’s chat with the marathon swimmer airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network in the first of two parts.
Nyad has been making the television interview rounds since her 53-hour swim from Havana to Cuba. It started with interviews on news programs defending the logistics of her swim and doing everything she could to make sure it was done according to open water swimming rules. As the public inspiration began to grow, her appearances became more uplifting, such as a recent stop to talk to Ellen Degeneres.
Now, Winfrey gets the details on the spiritual and emotional journey Nyad took to make the swim happen. Below is a sneak peek of the interview, which airs October 6 and 13 on OWN:
Below is a description of each episode:
“Oprah & Swimming Champion Diana Nyad: The Power of the Human Spirit” part one episode description (airing Sunday, October 6):
Oprah interviews Diana Nyad, who inspired the world when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, at age 64, in just under 53 hours. Relying on her mantra “Find A Way,” Nyad proved that anything is possible, at any age. It’s a revealing conversation about chasing dreams, pushing limits, and daring with intention and purpose.
Diana Nyad was a prodigy in the pool from the time she started swimming competitively at age ten, with a passion and a vision beyond her years. She first earned international acclaim in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan in a record breaking eight hours. Four years later, and several world records to her name, Nyad would retire from swimming on her 30th birthday.
She went on to become a professional sportscaster, author and motivational speaker. While success followed her wherever she went, she had a lingering dream to accomplish a feat that many called impossible. After losing her mother in 2007, and experiencing what she called “an existential crisis,” Nyad returned to the ocean and to a journey that would test her mind, body and soul.
“Oprah & Swimming Champion Diana Nyad Part Two: Dare To Dream” episode description (airing this Sunday, October 13):
Oprah’s conversation continues with world champion marathon swimmer Diana Nyad as she shares the spiritual lessons realized from dreaming big, achieving the impossible and finding joy in the face of skepticism.
At 64, Nyad captivated the world when, on her fifth and final attempt, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, without a shark cage. While experts, friends and family alike said it couldn’t be done, Nyad’s iron-will would not be swayed. When faced with unending obstacles and excruciating pain, Nyad’s spirit would not be defeated.
Marathon swimming, she says, is a microcosm of life. Find out how she worked through the pain and suffering to fulfill a dream of a lifetime and how this experience has elevated her sense of presence and mindfulness.