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Chris Nikic          

First Person with Down Syndrome to Finish an Ironman Triathlon

Chris Nikic is an American amateur triathlete. In 2020, at age 21, he became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon. For this accomplishment, Nikic was awarded the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance as part of the 2021 ESPY Awards. Additionally, he won the ESPY for Best Athlete with a Disability in Men's Sports.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is given to a person in the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination.

In November 2020, the Special Olympics Florida athlete and Champion Ambassador made history as he conquered a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 marathon run to complete the IRONMAN Florida triathlon in a total time of 16:46:09.

Nikic is a recent high school graduate and motivational speaker who attributes his successes in sports and life to his 1% Better philosophy —focusing on getting 1% Better each day and you can achieve your dreams.

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Chris Nikic runs NYC Marathon 1 year after becoming 1st person ...
3 days ago ... In November 2020, Nikic, then 21, finished a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon run at the Ironman Florida competition in Panama City ...
Chris Nikic, 22-Year-Old Athlete With Down Syndrome, Completes ...
Nikic completed the Boston Marathon for the first time on Monday. He spoke with WBZ-TV's Eric Fisher after completing the race.
ESPYs 2021: Chris Nikic, Ironman Athlete, Wins Jimmy V Award ...
Chris Nikic became the first person with Down Syndrome to complete the famed Ironman triathlon in November 2020.
Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable ...
Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable. ... Nikic, 21, became the first person with Down syndrome to conquer the grueling endurance  ...

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