Steen and Peder Madrup completed the KMD Ironman Copenhagen contest in less than 20 minutes before the cut-off time.
BROTHERHOOD AT IT’S BEST!
A man with cerebral palsy took the first place to complete the Ironman Triathlon, thanks to the help of his athletically-inclined twin brother. Steen and Peder Mondrup carved out a spot in the history books at the KMD Ironman Copenhagen.
Competing together as Team Tvilling (Team Twin), Peder become the first person with cerebral palsy to compete an Ironman competition.
The Danish twins were born in 1980, three months premature, both weighed only 1,200 grams (about 2.6 pounds). Due to hypoxia or lack of oxygen during birth, Peder Mondrup was then diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As a result, he’s been in a wheelchair his entire life. Peder is an active advocate for people with disabilities and supports many clubs and organizations devoted to giving people – like him – a place in the world.
According to reports, “they are the perfect combination for an athlete with iron will. Steen got the legs and Peder got the brains.”. After the race, Peder Mondrup announced,
For the first time, I felt like the person I see myself as a regular participant instead of ’somebody in a wheelchair. It means everything. It’s been a dream for five years and now it has come true.
The twins described the race as a major challenge of their lives to show that disabled people can exceed their limitations and to raise awareness about wheelchair users.