76j: Candice Bergen / Frank Zappa
... Candice Bergen
[Host Candice Bergen stands before the well-trimmed
Christmas tree at home base and addresses the
Candice Bergen: And now here's this week's film
by Gary Weis. It's about Diana Nyad, the marathon
swimmer who swam around Manhattan Island.
[The film begins with a young female college student
addressing the camera. She is photographed in front of
a swimming pool in a darkened gym.]
1st Student: Diana's been a big influence on me
as far as my definitions of what a woman can be - and
what a woman is. She's the first woman I've met in my
life that sat down and said, "This is what I want -
and I'm gonna get it - and it doesn't matter at all
what anybody else in the world thinks."
[Elegant classical music begins and continues till the
film ends. Slow motion footage of Diana Nyad
Diana Nyad V/O: I have been swimming now for
over fifteen years, over four hours a day, sometimes
five, sometimes six.
[Nyad works out on a weight machine.]
Diana Nyad V/O: The average heartbeat is
seventy-two to seventy-five beats a minute. The
average trained athlete is from sixty to seventy.
[Pre-dawn. Nyad, in a heavy winter coat, runs across a
crowded New York City street carrying a gym bag and a
pair of racquets.]
Diana Nyad V/O: My heartbeat is forty-five in
the morning at rest. Um, I can get it up to a hundred
eighty when I'm working very hard but the point about
being in shape is that it comes back down very
[Slow motion footage of Nyad's muscles flexing as she
works out on the weight machine.]
Diana Nyad V/O: I, um, hold the world record
for swimming from Capri to Naples in Italy and I'm the
only person to have crossed Lake Ontario, which took
eighteen hours, twenty minutes. I hold the record for
swimming around Manhattan Island, in a little under
[Slow motion footage of Nyad, wearing headband and
wielding a racquet, as she plays a game of
Diana Nyad V/O: When I'm swimming during the -
the toughest seasons of the year, I eat twelve
thousand to twelve thousand five hundred calories a
day which is at least ten times what the average
[More female students filmed in front of an Olympic
swimming pool in a darkened gym -- presumably at
Barnard College, an independent liberal arts college
for women in New York City, affiliated with Columbia
2nd Student: Diana Nyad is our coach on the
Barnard College swim team. She really has been an
inspiration for all of us.
3rd Student: Knowing Diana has made me see that
I can do anything that I want to do. She demands
perfection from you in - in everything but you don't
mind giving it to her because you know that she
demands it from herself.
[More footage of Nyad on the weight machine. More slow
motion footage of Nyad swimming.]
Diana Nyad V/O: From a mile out, I can hear the
clapping and the screaming. The people realize that I
swam from a place that they couldn't even see on the
clearest day. They know I may faint when I arrive.
They share with me the most extreme moment of all.
For, after the pain, the cold, the hours, the
distance, after the fatigue and the loneliness --
after all this, comes my emergence. And my emergence
is what it's all about.
[Nyad turns from the weight machine to smile into the
camera, then turns back. Fade.