We're so excited to introduce you to our December Chompian of the month, Chris Nikic! Chris is a Special Olympics athlete who has taken his achievements to a whole new level. On November 7, 2020, Chris became the first person with Down syndrome to complete an ironman triathlon, setting a Guinness World Record. According to an article in Runner's World that Chris was featured in, "an Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile open-water swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, with no breaks in between - it's a take-no-prisoners test of mental and physical stamina."
Chris was also named a nominee for The Sports Illustrated Awards: Inspiration of the Year - no small accomplishment! His best tip on how to stay positive is to focus on your dream and do everything with a smile. To us, Chris defines a Chompian and a game changer, and we're honored to be highlighting him and his story.
Follow Chris's journey and find more inspiration on Instagram @chrisnikic!
What’s your best tip on how to stay positive?
Focus on your dream and do everything with a smile.
What’s your workout routine?
I train 3-8 hours each day, alternating between biking, running, swimming, strength, stretching and recovery.
How do you consider yourself a “game changer?” This is 100% open to your interpretation!
By achieving something that has never been done by someone with Down Syndrome and setting a world record. Then doing it again to be an example to others like me.
What’s the best thing you do for your personal health everyday (mental or physical)?
I exercise every day and I make sure I have fun every day.
What is your favorite Chomps product?
Turkey Jerky snacks
How does Chomps fuel your lifestyle?
Working out 3-8 hours per day, you need lots of snacks to keep you going.
“BIG dreams need BIG goals”