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dateline: 03 September 2013

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Woman Completes Cuba To Florida Swim

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • crew: a group of people working towards a common goal
  • clear away: to remove everything from a path or surface
  • jellyfish: a transparent aquatic creature that stings
  • fatigue: tiredness
  • endurance: ability to continue doing something for a long period of time

Woman Completes Cuba To Florida Swim

64-year-old Diana Nyad completed a 53-hour swim from Havana, Cuba to , Florida on Monday. The Los Angeles woman is the first swimmer to have completed the 165-kilometre swim without a shark cage. A crew of divers and boaters by watching for sharks and clearing away jellyfish. This was Nyad’s fifth attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. Her attempts were unsuccessful due to jellyfish stings, poor weather, and fatigue. The endurance swimmer wanted to prove that it’s never to achieve your dreams.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How long did it take for the swimmer to reach Key West?
  2. What was the role of Nyad’s support team?
  3. What was the swimmer’s purpose of making a fifth attempt?

Discussion Question: Diana Nyad wanted to prove that people can fulfil their dreams at any age. Are you the type of person who makes several attempts to achieve something? Where do you get your motivation to achieve your own dreams?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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