Man with Cerebral Palsy Completes an Ironman Triathlon with His Twin Brother


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Peder Mondrup has cerebral palsy, so you might not think that he'd ever be able to complete a triathlon. But he was with his twin brother Steen. These Danish brothers call themselves Team Tvilling--that's "Team Twin." Together, they completed a triathlon in Copenhagen on Sunday. The challenge took 15 hours, 32 minutes, and 48 seconds.

The Iron Man Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, during which Steen hauled Peder in a special-made boat. Then they cycled 112 miles in a bicycle. Finally, Steen pushed Peder in the above wheelchair for a full marathon.

It's been a great experience for both of them. The Local quoted the brothers on why this triathlon was important to them:

“For the first time, I felt like the person I see myself as: a regular participant instead of ’somebody in a wheelchair’,” Peder said of their first race.

“If I can give Peder the feeling of not sitting in a wheelchair for a few hours, then I will do whatever it takes! I feel like I am really lucky because he has caused me to see the positive in life and to not complain about everyday things. One thing is certain and that is that you never have and never will hear Peder feel sorry for himself,” Steen said on their website.


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This video shows them crossing the finish line amid a widly cheering crowd.


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Note that it's not always Steen hauling Peder. Sometimes, they switch places and Peder takes his brother for a ride.

-via Huffington Post


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