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Diana Nyad Halts Swim From Cuba to Florida After Storm and Jellyfish Stings

Diana Nyad is a winner even if she did have to quit.

The 62-year-old endurance swimmer has called off her fourth attempt to traverse the 103-mile distance from Cuba to Florida after stings from a jellyfish and a dangerous storm put her off-course.

60 hours in and halfway to her goal, Nyad exited the water with a swollen face from the stings, exhausted but in good spirits. Nyad had hoped to inspire others to greatness, regardless of their age. “When I walk up on that shore in Florida,” she said, “I want millions of those AARP sisters and brothers to look at me and say, ‘It’s not too late, I can still live my dreams.’ ”

We suggest she tackle base-jumping next—you might hit some stormy weather in the air, but at least there aren’t any jellyfish!