Larry Davis Posted 2 months ago Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up If you read the Wikipedia article on Nyad you'll find that she was sexually abused as a child. The difficulties of growing up with that horrible burden cannot be overestimated. I suspect that her "hero" narrative grew from how she compensated (or over compensated) in order to survive. It's a shame she had to trash the first person (Walter Poenisch) to make the swim successfully, by saying he cheated and that a 65-year old could not possibly swim the distance. Her dynamic personality made for better press coverage while Walter was never acknowledged. Eventually, the Poenisch team had to take legal action in order to get Nyad to retract her statements. None of this bad behavior detracts from her accomplishments - they are inspirational. But we would like our top athletes to be a bit more gracious and humble and not be like a "Lance Armstrong" where the ends justify the means.