We're all just carbon, water, starlight, oxygen and dreams
...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
I've now added a post-script to this post as I suspect I have misunderstood what's happening in the image...although the discussion of it still stands, I think.
Another great blog post.
(and I only had to use the dictionary once)
“Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde
Diana Nyad's swim, whether legitimate or not, was the biggest newsmaker in swimming of 2013.
This particular... award is not one that specifies ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Much in the mold of Time Magazine, we instead look at who was the biggest news-maker in swimming over the course of 2013, be it for something good or something bad.
The evidence and arguments on both sides are rather convincing, and whenever money’s in play, the motive exists.
It created questions over whether or not a personal profit was to be gained, and if that was enough to cause Nyad to fudge the rules. It created rifts in swimming. It created unity in swimming.
OK, just saw some dumb-a$$ commercial for Bing that showed DN and thanked her for "being brave and persevering" and included her in the same group as women serving in combat.
I will not use Bing now.
I tried to convince myself, but, orange flavour electrolyte, mixed with hot chocolate,
tastes nothing like Terry's Chocolate Orange ....
Far too late when I saw it, but I've left a response here.
Anyone know who "normaversion" on that thread is?
Diana, would you agree that you had tremendous financial incentives for your Cuba-Florida swim to succeed?
Diana, you keep claiming that your swim is a "world record." Which record are you claiming, specifically? And which specific organization recognizes this record?
Diana, do you agree that qualified and independent observers are essential to authenticating any marathon swim claim? With the tens (perhaps hundreds) of thousands of dollars your Cuba-Florida swim attempt must have cost, how did you not manage to find qualified observers?
Diana, do you endorse the threats of physical violence by some of your supporters against the people who questioned the integrity of your swim?
Diana, why did you wait more than 30 years to apologize to Walter Poenisch? The timing indicates you only began to "care" when the PR started to get bad for you.
<<<in the circles where it matters, and of course the 44 people on my team who witnessed and were part of this history, know the truth.>>>
What "circles" are those, Diana? What do you make of the fact that the vast majority of your peers in the marathon swimming community do not trust you?
<<<Our navigator, John Bartlett, took them through mile by mile all the winds, all the currents, every inch of that swim from the Cuba shore to the Florida Shore.>>>
Diana, on the conference call John Bartlett promised to release the current (water flow) readings he had been taking during your swim. Why did he never release these data, as promised?
The reason why my swim is called, "The First Person to Swim from Cuba to Florida without a Shark Cage" isn't really to make the point that our team was willing to take the risk of being attacked by a shark out there, though that risk was certainly in play. The reason we qualified this swim as without a shark cage is because we had no assistance in moving forward faster than my own ability. I just didn't want an asterisk next to my name on this record and a shark cage would have required that asterisk.
Your story is remarkable
you're an inspiration
"eyes fogged over, ears covered with several layers of swim caps", .....
"I've thoroughly enjoyed watching you compete at the Olympic level as well as cheering you on during your Cuba swim."