Presenting “The Other Shore”

by Karen Hand

I am beyond thrilled to bring to you this documentary that follows Diana Nyad as she comes out of a 30-year retirement from marathon swimming to work towards her XtremeDream.  If you watched the news at all yesterday, you are aware by now that Diana accomplished an amazing feat.  She, with help from her team of 35, swam for nearly 53 hours from Cuba to Florida.  That is a distance of over 100 miles and again, she swam this.  Diana is a hero to me.  I have followed her for the last several years through attempts two-four.  To now have watched her, on her fifth and final attempt achieve the dream she has chased for over 30 years…WOW!  Oh, did I mention she’s 64-years-old?  I hope you find her story as enthralling as I do.  Diana is beyond inspiring, motivating, and proof that you should never, ever give up.  Always believe in yourself and always, always follow your dreams!


The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

I know this is a movie I can’t wait to see.  I’ve pre-ordered my copy!!!  The release date is September 26th, 2013.  Both the Streaming and DVD versions will be released on that date.

By pre-ordering the movie now, whether you choose to order the Streaming or the DVD version, you will save 20% off the retail price.  Due to the motivational aspect of this film, I have ordered a second copy to donate to my local Boys and Girls Club.  Other thoughts for donation of a copy would be your local YMCA, youth programs, a teen center, and anywhere a healthy dose of inspiration to follow dreams could be shared.


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Diana Nyad was recently inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame. Her place in history as one of the world’s greatest swimmers was established throughout the 1970’s. Diana broke a fifty-year-old record for swimming around Manhattan Island in 1975, and in 1979, she set the world record for the longest non-stop ocean swim ever done by either man or woman— an astounding 102.5 miles from the island of Bimini in the Bahamas –to– Jupiter, Florida.

The only disappointment of Diana’s illustrious athletic career came in the summer of 1978. Her dream of becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida was dashed when raging seas and a navigator’s errors led to a heart-breaking 41 hour, 49–minute effort that was courageous,yet unsuccessful.

In 2010, 31 years later, after not swimming a stroke since her retirement in 1979, Diana resurrected her lifelong dream. Diana is using new technology and a new navigation team to go head to head with some of the most extreme weather and ocean stream patterns in the world, and attempt to swim the 103-mile stretch from Havana from Key West. Visa problems from two historically warring governments, hurricanes, the Gulf Stream, sharks, and lethal jellyfish will all compete for the chance to end this dream swim.

Diana’s story: Like in Greek mythology, no story of heroism is told without some tragedy. She endured the deep wounds that come from sexual abuse, in her case at the hands of her coach.At fifteen, a heart condition kept Diana from her Olympic dream and almost robbed her of an athletic future. She missed the window to be the Olympic spirit competitor she dreamed of being. But a couple years later, Diana was told about the eccentric sport of open ocean swimming and found a second chance at the starlet athletic career she was born for. Soon she was setting world records and would become an international swimming icon.

Diana’s unrelenting pursuit for the extraordinary can be seen at every phase of her life. She has a dazzling ability as a storyteller and thirty years of experience working as a sports journalist,starting with ten years as an announcer for ABC’S Wide World of Sports. On television, Diana has done regular commentary for CBS Sunday Morning, was the Senior Correspondent for FOX SPORTS NEWS for five years (1996-2001), served as USA Network’s Studio Interview Host for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, was host of all foreign documentaries on the “Outdoor Life Network”, hosted her own talk show on CNBC, worked on camera as a reporter for the NBC’s The Crusaders, and has filed many stories from Olympic Games, the Tour de France,and most of the world’s elite sporting events. On radio, Diana started as a weekly columnist for National Public Radio in 1988 and continues that column today for KCRW in Los Angeles. Diana has become known as a sports storyteller for the non-sports audience. She also hosted for three years “The Savvy Traveler” and was the sports business reporter for the award-winning show “Marketplace”. Diana has written three books, “Other Shores”, “Basic Training”, and “The Keyshawn Johnson Story”. She also writes for The New York Times, Newsweek, and other publications. 


“An enthralling and beautifully shot journey that flips between uplifting sports story and nightmare with the blink of an eye.” –

“Dian Nyad is a truly fascinating person and we can all be thankful that people like her and
documentaries like this exist.” –

“The jaw-dropping physical feats it captures will wow audiences, and Nyad’s stubborn
personality makes for an engaging portrait” – The Hollywood Reporter

Genre: Documentary
Director: Timothy Wheeler
Producer: Timothy Wheeler, Kevin Abrams, & Patrick Weir
Significant Cast: Diana Nyad

World Premiere – SXSW Film Festival 2013
Official Selection – Hot Docs Film Festival 2013
Official Selection – 2013 Dallas International Film Festival
Official Selection – Outfest Film Festival 2013

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I hope you have found some inspiration today.  Upon completing the 103-mile swim for Cuba to Florida and thus achieving her XtremeDream, Diana had three messages to share.  Their words beyond ring true and are as follows:

 “I have three messages: One is, we should never, ever give up. Two is, you are never too old to chase your dream. And three is, it looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.” ~ Diana Nyad 9/2/13


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M.Clark September 3, 2013 - 9:49 pm
I have heard of her, she is an amazing person. Hers is a story of perseverance and courage in the face of heartbreaking circumstances.
Jeni Mitchell September 4, 2013 - 1:43 pm
Diana is definitely amazing. Her story proves that by having a dream and following it, it can be achieved.
lisa September 4, 2013 - 11:39 am
Oh my gosh! What an inspiring story! I have to see this. Just reading about her life really puts things in perspective. How many times have we thought that life isn't fair. This is too hard to do.Everybody is mean to me. The list goes on.She is truly one spectacular human being. Thanks so much for posting this!
Jeni Mitchell September 4, 2013 - 1:41 pm
You're so very welcome Lisa. Diana is truly a hero to me. As thrilled as she is to have accomplished her dream, I am equally pleased for her as is pretty much the world. She is really an inspiration to all!!! I hope you've pre-ordered a version of the movie. It's at a discount right now.
Rosie September 4, 2013 - 11:40 am
now here is a wonderful true story, one I doubt will later be compromised by drugs, etc. It is inspiring to see what she has accomplished at her age!
Jo-Ann Brightman September 4, 2013 - 6:43 pm
She is truly an amazing woman, an amazing person who was able to overcome al obstacle and accomplish her dream. I was not aware of her long successful career as a tv sports commentator. This is definitely a documentary to watch.
Stephanie F. September 5, 2013 - 10:37 am
She is an inspiration to women, to older people, and anyone in general!
michelleelizondo September 5, 2013 - 11:44 am
How inspirational she is!!
Pam H. September 5, 2013 - 5:36 pm
Talk about inspirational. I just read about Diana's successful swim yesterday. She is amazing. She's taught me to never give up on a dream.
marissa lee September 5, 2013 - 10:39 pm
wow what a magnificent women.
Donna Martin September 6, 2013 - 3:01 am
Wonderful person..she will inspiration to the youngster
kath g. September 6, 2013 - 5:14 am
I am beyond inspired. I can't imagine doing anything for 53 hours, much less something so strength zapping and dangerous as this....and at her age! It just goes to prove the adage of "where there is a will, there is a way." What a will and what a way! Bravo!
Jennifer Aldridge September 6, 2013 - 12:16 pm
Wow! What an inspiring story and such a great message. Makes us stop and think about our goals and aspirations and that we can achieve greatness if we continue to try and don't give up if we fail the first go round.
Rebecca Parsons September 6, 2013 - 1:20 pm
My mom saw this and wanted to watch it. It is such an inspirational story that everyone can take something from it.
md kennedy September 6, 2013 - 2:02 pm
I know it has already been said, but what an inspiration this woman is. Not just because she completed her swim, but even more so because she kept trying!
Gail Williams September 6, 2013 - 8:56 pm
yes, she is an inspiration to women. Her will and determination made the unimaginable possible, for her. I hope I can find something to do, too, since I am only 61 and she is 3 years older. My dream is to write a small book of poetry.
Jeni Mitchell September 8, 2013 - 1:38 pm
Gail, that is a great dream. I think it's time to get writing, if you haven't already started. Diana has proved to all that while yes, there may be obstacles along the way, but there are also ways around those obstacles. Ultimately it is only us who stand in the way of achieving our dreams.
Cara Daymude September 7, 2013 - 12:08 am
I saw this on the news crazy lady lol but awesome she did this she wanted to spread message to never give up on your dreams no matter what
nenasinclair September 7, 2013 - 4:10 am
What an amazing lady! She definitely has a strong will and determination to tackle this swim at age 64! I'm very impressed!
rebeccabasset September 7, 2013 - 7:47 am
I read about her on the Secret Facebook page, and I am very glad that she made her dream come true!
Hiyas September 7, 2013 - 9:48 pm
Wow! She's really cool!
Julie D September 8, 2013 - 7:05 am
I read about her accomplishment online, and am flabbergasted at her courage and determination, let alone that she is 64!! That is amazing! What a feat :)
Marcia Lee September 8, 2013 - 9:35 pm
Diana Nyad is amazing. She has persevered & succeeded where others have failed. I'm one year younger than Diana, and have known about her from my teens.
ANN*H September 8, 2013 - 10:53 pm
Wow it is amazing that she did this being slightly younger than me. I wish I could do something like this. She had her dream and she did it. She is such an inspiration to everyone to follow your dream and never give up. What a lady : )
Michelle S September 9, 2013 - 10:02 am
I just read an article over the weekend that many other professional swimmers are doubting that she actually completed it. How easily people assume the worst. This looks like a great documentary!
Cathy Jarolin September 9, 2013 - 3:40 pm
She is a Hero in my Books.. She went after her Dream and succeeded!! They say you can do what ever you want to do, you just have to do it.. She proved that theory right.!!! God Bless Her~~
susana September 9, 2013 - 3:47 pm
Really need to watch this awesome motivating documentary!!!!! Sounds really great
Gale McCarron September 9, 2013 - 3:52 pm
What an amazing feat to have accomplished! Especially excited that it was a woman. If I were her I wouldn't want to see the ocean again for a good long while. That's allot of swimming!
Lori Smanski September 10, 2013 - 10:46 am
wow this is so very cool. thanks for sharing.
Michelle F. September 13, 2013 - 7:21 pm
loventhe story would definately watch this.
Jeni Mitchell September 14, 2013 - 11:21 am
There's still a little over a week to pre-order it. Doing so before it's released allows you to get it at a discount. I have mine on order and can't wait for it to get it. The release date is Sept. 26th. The Other Shore is available either as a DVD or you can get is as a streaming video rental. Enjoy!
Jeri Accardo September 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm
She is an INCREDIBLE WOMAN!! Very determined and passionate. I was able to see a few of the updates on the news a couple of times and then the update when she finished. Absolutely unbelievable!
Sherri Caudill Lewis September 21, 2013 - 3:11 pm
What an inspiration she is to women everywhere! I can't even begin to imagine what that would have been like.... all the things that she would have encountered and the problems she would have had to overcome
Renee September 22, 2013 - 10:57 am
I think it was awesome that she was able to fulfill her dream and I love the message she is sending
tamra gibson September 22, 2013 - 3:22 pm
I remember watching her awhile back but I did not know her age which is amazing. I am so happy she has done her dream she deserved it. I admire anyone that doesn't give in to defeat
Debbie Ellis September 24, 2013 - 3:19 pm
I just was aw struck ed by this story, she is amazing. She sure can bring inspiration to others.
Krystal Waters September 28, 2013 - 11:11 pm
Great story, she is awesome it's just great that she is such a fighter after all she's been through. One tough woman, if you keep trying you can do anything you put your mind to. Thanks for sharing her story.
Joanne Gregory September 29, 2013 - 9:11 am
She is certainly an inspiration to those of us who do not plan to spend our retirement years in a rocking chair!
md kennedy October 1, 2013 - 5:57 am
Bravo for promoting this - I think every athlete of any age and every woman should watch for inspiration!
pollylee October 1, 2013 - 9:17 pm
All you can say about her and her story is "WOW" She is amazing!
Shar October 5, 2013 - 4:08 pm
This sounds fascinating. I cannot fathom the strength, endurance & perseverance it takes to do this. What an inspiration!
lisa October 9, 2013 - 12:05 pm
I just saw her on a talk show the other day. They showed a photo of her face after the swim. My,, she was swollen and burnt up.How physically taxing!
Shannon Miranda October 15, 2013 - 9:18 am
Wow. This is a prime example of enduring and overcoming trials and tribulations to achieve your dream. Inspiring.
cheryl lister October 15, 2013 - 11:13 am
Hers is an amazing story of triumph. Will have to go see this movie with my swimming friend Sandy.
alihaider October 15, 2013 - 6:42 pm
I think it 's indeed an amazing story of courage that she was succeeded to materialize her cherished strong will and I admit the message she is sending
marissa lee October 16, 2013 - 9:49 pm
she is an inspiration..such and amazing lady..have to find this movie..i need to watch it.
o0india0o October 21, 2013 - 12:40 pm
My husband and I love watching documentaries together! This one sounds interesting, we may have to see if we can find it on iTunes.
Paula Weintraut November 13, 2013 - 12:48 am
She Is a Wonderful Person. She has accomplished so much. Hope this is a movie soon. She is such an inspiration to all of us.
Wendy T November 14, 2013 - 7:06 pm
Thanks for the succinct lessons at the bottom. It's something we can all hear more often. Nyad did a phenomenal thing, didn't she?
Deborah D December 24, 2013 - 2:00 pm
I am glad she accomplished her goal. It just goes to show that anything you set your mind to you can achieve.
Stephen January 25, 2014 - 1:30 pm
That's pretty gutsy to do such a swim! Thanks for the info.

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