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Diana Nyad donates gear worn during historic swim from Cuba to Key West

Bathing suit, goggles, face mask now on display at Key West museum

Diana Nyad stands next to the swimming suit, goggles and the custom-made face mask she wore during her historic swim from Cuba to Key West.
Diana Nyad stands next to the swimming suit, goggles and the custom-made face mask she wore during her historic swim from Cuba to Key West. (Andy Newman)

KEY WEST, Fla. – Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad dedicated an exhibit Friday at the Custom House museum in Key West, including the items she wore during her 2013 swim from Cuba to Key West.

Nyad donated the personal memorabilia to the Key West Art & Historical Society, which operates the museum.

The exhibit includes the bathing suit, goggles and custom-designed face mask that she used to protect her from jellyfish during the Havana-to-Key West swim.

"I finished here. The goal was to come to Key West," Nyad said during a dedication ceremony on the museum's porch. "I am honored that our endeavor and our history that we made here is now part of permanent history in this town."

Nyad's nearly 111-mile swim took more than two days -- about 53 hours -- and four previous attempts.

Nyad was 64 when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.


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