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Where is Diana Nyad now? Everything to know about the athlete at the center of Netflix's biopic 'Nyad'

Diana Nyad, left, before starting a swim in September 1975. Nyad, right, in February 2024.
Diana Nyad, left, before starting a swim in September 1975. Nyad, right, in February 2024.Tony Triolo /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images; Alberto Rodriguez/Variety via Getty Images
  • Diana Nyad's historic long-distance swim from Cuba to Florida is the focus of the Netflix film "Nyad."

  • Since then, Nyad has kept busy by writing op-eds and co-founding a walking initiative.

  • "Nyad" stars Annette Bening as the titular swimmer and Nyad has been supportive of the biopic.

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad's story is back in the spotlight thanks to the Netflix biopic and awards season contender "Nyad."

Nyad is best known for being the first person to successfully swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She completed the feat at age 64 on September 2, 2013, after five attempts.

The athlete's milestone achievement has been mired in controversy since then, with some people questioning its legitimacy and the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) refusing to ratify her crossing. Nyad insisted that she didn't cheat to complete her noteworthy swim.

Here's what Nyad has been up to in the years since her landmark crossing of the Florida Straits.

Nyad has written op-eds and co-founded the initiative EverWalk

Diana Nyad attends the "Swim for Relief" benefiting Hurricane Sandy recovery at Herald Square on October 10, 2013, in New York City.
Diana Nyad attends the "Swim for Relief" benefiting Hurricane Sandy recovery at Herald Square on October 10, 2013, in New York City.D Dipasupil/FilmMagic

In recent years, Nyad has written for publications like The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Nyad previously alleged that her swim coach, Jack Nelson, sexually abused her when she was 14 years old. She wrote about the effects of the alleged assault in a 2017 essay for the NY Times and said that she experienced "years of covert molestation." No charges were filed against Nelson, who died in 2014.

Nyad competed on season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2014. She was paired with professional dancer Henry Byalikov and got eliminated during week two of the competition.

In 2016, Nyad and Bonnie Stoll, her coach and longtime friend, co-founded the national walking initiative EverWalk. The pair remain close, traveling the world together and competing in tennis tournaments.

Nyad's 2015 memoir 'Find a Way' inspired the Netflix biopic 'Nyad'

Annette Bening and Diana Nyad speaking onstage during Netflix's "Nyad" LA Tastemaker event at NeueHouse Hollywood on January 5, 2024 in Hollywood, California.
Annette Bening and Diana Nyad speaking onstage during Netflix's "Nyad" LA Tastemaker event at NeueHouse Hollywood on January 5, 2024 in Hollywood, California.Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix

Nyad's memoir "Find a Way" was adapted into a feature film released on the streamer in early November, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. "Nyad" stars Annette Bening as Nyad and Jodie Foster as Stoll. Both actors are nominated for awards at the upcoming Oscars.

Nyad has been supportive of the film during awards season, attending screenings with the cast and appearing at events like TheWrap's Power Women Summit.

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