Swimmer Diana Nyad is just the latest American to make a mark in the second half of life. Here are a few other late bloomers.
Diana Nyad The swimmer was 64 years old — and had endured four failures — before she succeeded on Sept. 2 in making her way from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Although she had been a record-setting long-distance swimmer for decades — she first attempted the 110-mile swim in 1978, when she was 28 — Nyad’s accomplishment put the sexagenarian back in the headlines. Nyad's persistence had become an inspiration, and she even got a congratulatory tweet from President Obama Ramon Espinosa/AP Buy Photo