Ironman athlete who was Pennsylvania police officer killed in bicycle crash
Athlete killed: Stock photo of a triathlete riding a bicycle. A man training for the Ironman World event in October died when his bike collided with a pickup truck. ( Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman)A longtime Pennsylvania police officer training for the Ironman World Championship was killed Saturday when he was struck by a pickup while riding a bicycle, authorities said. The Ironman World Championships is scheduled for October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. No words,” Officer Dan DeOrzio, who worked closely with Kozera, told the television station.wftv.com
Maitland Special Olympian, Ironman finisher Chris Nikic to take part in 'Swim For Inclusion' fundraiser on Saturday
click to enlarge Photo via Chris NikicSpecial Olympian Chris Nikic will be on hand for the "Swim For Inclusion" fundraiser at Clermont's National Training Center on Saturday.Nikic wowed last year when he became the first person with Down syndrome to complete and Ironman triathalon. For the uninitiated or otherwise sedentary, a full run-through of the Ironman includes a 2.4 mile-long swim and 112-mile bike race, capped off with a full marathon. All three events have to be completed in under 17 hours to count as a finish. The athlete will take part in a fundraising rally, where individuals and teams will attempt to swim 100 yards, 100 times over. The event, taking place on Saturday, March 20 at 9 a.m. is all a way to raise funds for Florida's Special Olympics team.orlandoweekly.com
‘One step closer to his dream:’ Maitland Ironman with Down syndrome prepares for next competition
MAITLAND, Fla. – Last year, an Orange County man with Down syndrome made headlines after becoming the first person with his condition to become an Ironman. See, a lot of people hear Chris’ story and they think, ‘Wow that boy accomplished his dream of becoming an Ironman’ but the reality is that’s not his dream. “Every mile he runs, every lap he swims, every time he gets on that bicycle, he’s one step closer to his dream.”A dream that Nikic said includes finding love. “My dream is to have my own house to have a car, to marry a woman and to have unconditional love,” Nikic said. They have to be willing to do it with a smile.”A GoFundMe for Nikic can be found here.
Florida man with Down Syndrome competes in Ironman triathlon
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – A 21-year-old Florida man could make history as the first person with Down Syndrome to compete in a grueling Ironman Florida triathlon this weekend, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in a single day. Chris Nikic signed up for a new triathlon program with the Special Olympics Florida in 2018. Nikik eagerly wrote “Chris world champ.”His father Nik Nikic said that led to a talk about doing triathlons and, eventually, an Ironman. But he persevered, swimming in the family pool as a child and at 16 competed in a spring triathlon. The Special Olympics connected him with veteran Ironman competitor Dan Grieb who helped coach him along the way.