Our Athletes

Chris Nikic Continues to Make News as First Person with Down Syndrome to Compete at IRONMAN

Chris Nikic with a coach on the banks of the water before his swim.

A month before Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Florida athlete, becomes the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a full IRONMAN race on 7 November 2020, he is taking the media by storm as a groundbreaking and high performance athlete.

Because of this, Chris has appeared in media outlets such as USA Today, Runner’s World, Olympic Channel, local media and more. You’ll also find quotes and insights from Special Olympics leaders like Chairman of the Board Timothy Shriver, Ph.D. and Chief of Sport and Competition Lou Lauria.

Check this list regularly to read, watch and stay up-to-date on Chris’ media coverage.

Making History by Completing IRONMAN

Recommended Content
Coach, Unified partner and guide Daniel Grieb reflects on his training journey with Chris Nikic, Special Olympics Florida, and his quest to be the first athlete with Down syndrome on record to complete a full Ironman distance race (140.6 miles).
2 Min Read
Micah Hambleton, 16, from the United Arab Emirates, won a gold medal in the Special Olympics Division 1 category at the Daman World Triathlon Abu Dhabi 2019.
1 Min Read
The Special Olympics World Games offer the opportunity to unite the world like no other event can.
2 Min Read