San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
More than 30 years after her first attempted swim from Cuba to Florida, including three decades during which she didn’t swim a single stroke, 63-year-old Diana Nyad again attempted the challenging journey – and she completed an impressive 41 miles before insurmountable storm squalls and jellyfish cut her trip short.
As an official sponsor of Nyad’s latest swim, Olivia Travel, the world’s largest lesbian travel company and organizer of premier cruise, resort, adventure and luxury vacations around the globe, proudly announces Nyad as celebrity sports guest for their 2013 Ixtapa trip. Fans will have the rare opportunity to congratulate Nyad on her tremendous spirit and courage – as well as learn from her fitness and motivational expertise during Olivia’s eight-day Club Med Ixtapa, Mexico resort vacation, on November 2-9, 2013.
“Diana Nyad sets an incredible example for athletes, and for women everywhere. While this journey didn’t end how Diana might have hoped, the Olivia team congratulates her on her accomplishments and we are proud to support it all,” says Olivia Founder and CEO Judy Dlugacz. “Olivia is thrilled to welcome Diana on next year’s Ixtapa trip, and we know that guests will enjoy meeting such a gutsy, empowered individual.”
Commenting on her latest endeavor, Nyad said “Attempting this swim has become an emblem of never giving up, not only to me and my life spirit, but to millions of people who are rooting for me to show them that we can all, at any age, live large. We should, every one of us, chase our own personal dreams.”
Olivia’s support of Nyad, helped cover the cost of boats carrying a 40-person crew that helped Nyad navigate dangerous waters and address sharks, jellyfish, nutrition, hypothermia and other challenges.
Nyad’s latest attempt is part of an impressive career that includes several record-setting swims and a reputation as the world’s greatest distance swimmer in her day. She circled Manhattan Island in just seven hours and 57 minutes in 1975, the first woman ever to do so, before her first Cuba to Florida attempt in 1978. After nearly 42 hours in the water, the voyage ended due to rough water and weather. The following year, Nyad completed what was then the longest swim in history: a 102.5 mile excursion from the Bahamas to Florida. Then, she stopped swimming for 30 years.
As she entered her 60s, Nyad decided to give the Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida feat another try. Her August 2011 attempt was interrupted by poor conditions after 39 hours. In September 2011, ocean swells, shoulder pain and asthma cut her efforts short. This year, fierce storm squalls that blew her off course, poisonous jellyfish that stung her face and lips, plus mounting hypothermia ended her swim about 50 miles short of success.
Nyad, a National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame member, also heads up the online fitness business BravaBody.com and has covered sports for ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports Television and National Public Radio.
In addition to meeting Nyad, guests of Olivia’s 2013 Ixtapa adventure will enjoy seven night’s accommodations at the completely renovated Club Med flagship resort. They will relax in a new spa, two pools, three on-site restaurants, three bars and luxurious guest rooms. Outdoor adventures range from sailing and snorkeling to shopping and dancing, while trapeze, tennis, bocce and rollerblading headline a full schedule of fitness classes. An impressive lineup of solos mixers and evening entertainment complement the recreational activities, as well.
For Ixtapa trip information and reservations, or to learn more about Olivia, visit http://www.olivia.com or call (800) 631-6277. The company’s 2013 travel schedule also includes two Caribbean cruises and two Punta Cana resort trips celebrating Olivia’s 40th anniversary, new adventures in Ireland and the Scottish British Isles, Provence and Burgundy, Vietnam and Cambodia and more.
San Francisco-based Olivia is the world’s premier provider of lesbian cruise, resort, adventure and luxury vacations. The company, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013 with two Caribbean cruises (January-February) and two Punta Cana resort trips (May), was founded as a women’s record label in 1973. Since expanding into travel in 1990, Olivia has taken more than 150,000 lesbians on vacation. In addition, the company contributes millions of dollars to LGBT organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Victory Fund, Mautner Project and scores of other community and advocacy organizations worldwide. For more information about Olivia Travel, visit http://www.olivia.com or call (800) 631-6277.