Asthmatic 61-Year-Old Woman Tries To Be The First Person To Swim From Cuba To Florida Without A Shark CageLuke O'Brien8/08/11 4:25pmFiled to: SwimmingExtreme SportsDiana nyad9EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkEndurance swimmers are impressive extreme athletes. Swimming long distances is brutal. And bad bad things happen to you in the ocean. Especially when you're 61 and have asthma. Not that that bothers Diana Nyad, who's attempting to make it 103 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. It's a feat that has never been accomplished and would break Nyad's own record 102.5 mile cage-free swim from the Bahamas to Florida in 1979.