Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon

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Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon

It is the dream of any athlete to complete the Ironman triathlon. If you are unaware of it, it consists of a mix of sports starting with a 2.4-mile open-water swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride and, finally, a 26.2-mile (marathon distance) run. Being so lucky, Chris Nikic, 21 years old, lives in Orlando, was able to celebrate this event’s victory by adding to the history as the first person with Down syndrome to complete this legendary race.

When things get worse, sports bring his inner peace. So he was competing in the Special Olympics. On the other hand, he decided to participate in this race and chose Dan Grieb, his volunteer coach. “During the race, there was a battle in my mind between my fake pain and my dreams,” Chris recalls. He finished the race in 16 hours 46 minutes and 9 seconds—14 minutes under the 17-hour cutoff time.

Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Now he is willing to participate in the 2022 Special Olympics USA games and raising money for the charities that mean the most to him. “I achieved my goal, and now I want to help others like me.” He elaborates his intention.

Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Inspiring Athlete Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Complete the Grueling Ironman Triathlon
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Let’s wish for this brave soul.

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