It’s time we stop making excuses to accomplish that task we have been ignoring for a while now. If you haven’t found any motivation, Chris Nikic is here to serve you with a whole course of it. This young man became the first athlete with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon and his dedication is truly commendable and inspiring!
After rising above all the challenges and setting his eyes on the target, Chris Nikic, a Special Olympian, had his name written in the Guinness World Records Book. He successfully completed an Ironman triathlon that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile run. The participants must finish these rounds to win.
This 21-year-old from Maitland, Florida was named as the first athlete with Down syndrome to make his way to the finish line of the Ironman triathlon. This guy stunned everyone with his fearlessness and unwavering desire to reach his goal.
Nikic was accompanied by his guide, Dan Grieb and they completed the triathlon in Panama City Beach in 16 hours, 46 minutes, and 9 seconds. He was able to finish 14 minutes before the official event cutoff time!
The Ironman team sent their wishes over to Nikic. On their official Facebook page, they wrote, “Congratulations Chris on becoming the first person with Down syndrome to finish an IRONMAN. You have shattered barriers while proving without a doubt that Anything is Possible!”
The team sang praises for this young athlete and appreciated him for being an inspiration. “We are beyond inspired, and your accomplishment is a defining moment in IRONMAN history that can never be taken away from you. You swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles and now you get to brag for the rest of your life,” they added. “Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your remarkable life story and we can’t wait to see what you achieve next.”
The Special Olympics organization tweeted about this incredible win by Nikic. The tweet read, “Chris made history as the 1st person with Down syndrome to finish the full triathlon. His feat landed him in the Guinness World Records & inspired so many around the world!”
Chris made history as the 1st person with Down syndrome to finish the full triathlon. His feat landed him in the Guinness World Records & inspired so many around the world! #Choosetoinclude #IMFL pic.twitter.com/OiiqnDSbEu
— Special Olympics (@SpecialOlympics) November 8, 2020
Nikic described his journey in an Instagram post and explained how he spared no effort to achieve the goals he had set for himself. “In December, I did a 14-mile sprint triathlon in 2 hours. Then all I did was get 1% better every day for 10 months,” he shared. “Nov. 7, I did a 140-mile Ironman in 17 hours. Do you think it was worth it? If I can do this, imagine what you can do?”
The inspiring athlete wrote, “IRONMAN. Goal set and achieved. Time to set a new and BIGGER Goal for 2021. Whatever it is the strategy is the same. 1% Better every day. YES, I did the work but I had angels helping me. God surrounded me with Angels.”
He has proved that the hurdles you experience in your life cannot stop you ever from achieving your ambitions. In fact, they build you into a stronger person!