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Diana Nyad to Deliver Keynote at 2012 USA Triathlon Coaching Symposium


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon is pleased to announce that inspirational long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2012 USA Triathlon Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium, which is slated for Oct. 25-27 in San Diego, Calif.

Designed as a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for triathlon coaches, the event features a dynamic lineup of U.S. and international multisport experts. This year’s event will be held at San Diego’s Hyatt Regency La Jolla. For more information and to register, visit 

In the 1970s, Nyad inspired the nation as she set long-distance swimming records around the world and through her actions spread the word that women could accomplish feats men hadn’t even tried. She set the world record of swimming 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida in 1979.

A member of the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, Nyad served as an announcer for 10 years for ABC Sports upon her retirement. She covered many Olympic Games and world championships and hosted the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for USA Network. She also worked with Fox Sports and CNBC and wrote a column for National Public Radio for more than 20 years. Nyad is the author of three books and owns a fitness company,

Once again, Nyad inspired many in 2011 when — after not taking a single stroke for 30 years — she resumed pursuit of her lifelong dream to swim 103 miles from Cuba to Florida — a feat that could take perhaps 60 non-stop hours of continuous swimming. With deep resolve, she made two valiant attempts, persisting 39 hours and then 41 hours, but Mother Nature won each time out. 1.3 million Twitter fans followed Nyad, rooted for her, and applauded her as she showed the world, in her sixties, that it is never too late to chase a larger-than-life dream, that to live life boldly is to live an inspired life.

This summer, Nyad is determined to finally achieve her lifelong Xtreme Dream. She will try one last time to swim from Cuba to Florida, serving as a living example of never, ever giving up on one’s dreams.

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Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 4,000 races and connects with more than 150,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.

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