Man with cerebral palsy completes IRONMAN triathlon

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Man with cerebral palsy completes IRONMAN triathlon

  • Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:18

“Team Twin” Steen and Peder Mondrup complete IRONMAN in Copenhagen – Image Credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Ironman

Peder Mondrup became the first person with cerebral palsy to complete the IRONMAN Triathlon.  With the help of his twin brother Steen, they completed the triathlon in 15 hours and 32 minutes.  The brothers finished the race under the bright lights and the loudest crowd to any finisher.  The brother’s had a custom made bike which allowed Steen to go 112 miles with a wheelchair in tow; Steen also swam 2.4 miles while pulling Peder on a raft, and then ran 26.2 miles while pushing his brother’s wheelchair in front of him.  When it was all said and done, Peder said “for the first time I felt like the person I see myself as.”

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Focusing on the Positive

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