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On 2013-09-09 18:16, mastermindreader wrote:

Amazing. They seem to be trying to discredit her achievement because they don't like the politics of her swimming from Cuba. Pretty pathetic.

I'm not sure it is only the radicals in the Cuban exile community doing this, but clearly some are. The blog I mentioned previously is doing its best to stir the controversy.

http://babalublog.com/2013/09/09/diana-n......g-viral/

In any case, I think the doubters are getting more than their fair share of press coverage. It is up to Nyad and her team to release the data once it is all gathered and documented officially etc. (as they always said they would do within a couple of weeks).
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On 2013-09-09 18:16, mastermindreader wrote:
They seem to be trying to discredit her achievement because they don't like the politics of her swimming from Cuba. Pretty pathetic.


No, I don't think that has anything to do with it. The questions are coming from other of marathon swimmers themselves because the swim was somewhat poorly documented, and didn't employ an independent observer as is required for some other swims to be considered offical. They chose not to take the steps that are required to get something like an English Channel swim, for example, offically recognized. So she and her crew have now left themselves open to skepticism. I don't think the ultra swimmers could care any less about the Cuba thing. That stuff comes mostly from Cuban Americans and Cuban refugees.

The questions are coming from her peers in the marathon swimming community some of which may want to attempt the swim themselves one day. I wonder now if the whole thing will always be under a cloud of suspicion. That would be unfortunate.
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On 2013-09-09 18:16, mastermindreader wrote:
They seem to be trying to discredit her achievement because they don't like the politics of her swimming from Cuba. Pretty pathetic.


No, I don't think that has anything to do with it. The questions are coming from other of marathon swimmers themselves because the swim was somewhat poorly documented, and didn't employ an independent observer as is required for some other swims to be considered offical. They chose not to take the steps that are required to get something like an English Channel swim, for example, offically recognized.

Various things you just said are not quite true. Read the links I posted.

Also, it seems at least some of the people questioning or looking closer at her swim are only doing so because they are receiving emails from people asking if it was a hoax. See the USA Today article I posted. Who knows who the people emailing are. Considering the posts at the Cuban exile blog I directed you to, I would guess that more than a few exiles are doing some of this emailing.
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What did I say that wasn't true? Yes, some people are responding to questions and some others seem to be asking questions of their own accord. Some are just throwing theories around. Yeah, there are probably a some exiles trying to discredit it, but if any legitimate doubt winds up being cast over the swim it's going to have to come from people who have actual knowledge of long distance swimming, ocean currents, etc. Regardless of whatever documentation her crew eventually release, someone is always going to come back and say A)the entire swim was not videotaped, and B) there was no independent observer along now. If it comes from someone who has no credentials in the area I don't think much attention will be paid.

I can see why someone who has a vested interest in marathon swimming would want to know it was a clean swim. Personally, I don't care much one way or the other. Nowadays, with all the cheating in sports, and life in general, I don't think I'd be any more surprsied to hear she cheated than I was to hear a 64 year old woman swam from Cuba to Florida.
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