Nick Kahanic is No. 1 ... in the world.
The Falconer resident completed a whirlwind summer by capturing the amateur Highland Games World Championships on Saturday.
''It's six weeks of absolute insanity,'' Kahanic said by cell phone last night. ''It's my sixth competition in seven weeks and I'm absolutely dead.
Falconer resident Nick Kahanic shows off some of the hardware he received Saturday after earning the North American Highland Games championship.
''This is my 20th competition this year. To be honest, I'm ready to be done. The only reason I've done so many is that I absolutely love the sport and I set out on kind of a mission.''
On a 95-degree Minnesota day, it was mission accomplished for the 27-year-old.
Kahanic placed first in the open stone, the weight for distance and the weight over the bar. It was the latter event - he tied his personal best of 16 feet, 6 inches - that clinched the title and sent him into a celebratory display.
''I took a deep breath and I cleared it by 10 inches,'' he said. ''I just went nuts. We were competing on top of a hill and I ran down the hill, did a one-handed cartwheel and I was high-fiving the crowd.''
It's been that kind of year for the Falconer Central School graduate.
Along the way, he has traveled to suburban Seattle and California and points in between, set records and made a name for himself and his hometown. With his parents, Kim and Paul, looking on, Kahanic also placed second in the heavy weight and the sheaf toss, sixth in the caber toss and seventh in the heavy hammer.
''What was my proudest moment was when I was down four points near the end of the day and nobody expected me to come back,'' he said. ''I tied my personal best in the final two events (the sheaf and the weight over the bar). ... I gave it everything I had. ... Who gets to say that they were pushed to their limits and came out on top?''
Kahanic said he's been invited to a couple more competitions this fall, including one a week from today in Buffalo, but after that he intends to slow down the pace the rest of 2013.
''The love and support I get from everybody back home has definitely taken me to the next level,'' he said.