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September 3rd, 2013
05:51 AM ET

Fifth Try The Charm For Swimmer Diana Nyad

Five turns out to be a very lucky number for swimmer Diana Nyad.

The 64-year-old athlete navigated the waters between Havana, Cuba, and Key West, Florida, on Monday, after five tries over three decades. CNN's Karin Caifa reports.

Nyad started on Saturday and swam over 100 miles without a protective shark cage or flippers, though she battled jelly fish with a protective mask.

It reportedly took a team of 35 people to help monitor her progress and clear her path of danger.

After reaching Florida, Nyad was taken to the hospital for observation but not before she acknowledged her fans.

The dreamer said: "We should never ever give up, you never are too old to chase your dreams."

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June 6th, 2013
08:27 AM ET

Honors student stuns classmates when he took the stage at graduation just months after being shot in the head

Honors student from Detroit stunned his classmates when he took the stage at graduation just months after being shot in the head.

Balaal Hollings says there's a whole lot more he plans to do following his amazing recovery.


Filed under: Inspirational story
October 26th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

The Ultimate Underdog: One-handed division 1 basketball player the focus of new documentary 'Longshot'

At 19 years old, Kevin Laue made basketball history, overcoming obstacles Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson could never imagine.

Now at 22 years old, Kevin Laue is the first person in the U.S. to play division 1 basketball...with only one hand. Laue was born missing most of his left arm, but that hasn't stopped him on or off the court. His story is featured in a new documentary called "Longshot: The Kevin Laue story."

This morning on "Early Start," Laue and director Franklin Martin talks about Laue's incredible triumph and the new movie.


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