Chris and Nik Nikic
Authors of 1% Better

Chris Nikic set a new world record by being the first Special Olympics athlete and the first person with Down Syndrome to complete a 140.6-mile Ironman. His mission is to inspire others like him to pursue their dreams and goals.

His greatest achievement is showing others how getting 1% better every day and shifting your focus from your disabilities to your abilities and pursuing your dreams with an unwavering tenacity, a positive attitude and a no-quit grit can help anyone achieve their goals. Chris has achieved the following over the last few years:

  • 1st & ONLY person in the world with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman®

  • World Championship Hawaii Ironman® Finisher

  • Guinness Book Record Holder

  • Special Olympics, Ironman and Laureus Global Ambassador

  • NBC Documentary, ESPN Special Edition and Special Olympics award-winning documentary

  • 2X ESPY Award Winner (Jimmy V for Perseverance & Male Athlete with a disability)

  • Laureus Global Sporting Moment of the Year

  • Kulture City Inclusion Person of the Year

  • PRWeek Most Purposeful Person Under 30

  • Boston, NYC, Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago, and London Marathon Finisher

  • Florida Sports Hall of Fame inductee, class of 2022

  • Inspired a new category for athletes with disabilities with Ironman and Major marathons

  • Institute for Sports and Social Justice – Barrier Breaker Award

  • Author Book: 1% Better – Reaching My Full Potential and How You Can Too

  • Inspired and trained 6 other Special Olympics to complete an Ironman in 2023

  • Inspirational Speaker – YTD over 300 speeches

Nik Nikic is the CEO and founder of a Sales consulting firm that for 20 years helped major corporations implement the 1% Better system for sustainable continuous improvement.

Nik refined the 1% Better System with hundreds of global companies like Universal, United Airlines, Enterprise, and many others but his Greatest Coaching Achievement is Teaching his son how to achieve the impossible by getting 1% Better Every Day.

But Nik’s greatest achievement has been teaching his son Chris how to achieve his full potential and become a role model for others like him. Nik has done that by using his 1% Better system, thinking outside the box and coming up with a new model that helped Chris achieve the impossible. Now he is scaling that model to help others like Chris.

Learn more at Chrisnikic.com.