OLCOTT - Nick Kahanic celebrated the seventh anniversary of his strongman debut in fitting style on Sunday.
Competing in the Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games, the Falconer resident claimed the title for the seventh straight year, winning all seven events, three of which were personal records. The victory caps a memorable, and whirlwind, summer for Kahanic, who captured North American and world amateur championships during a six-week span.
"This whole year has been just storybook,'' he said. "Every goal I set out for has been raised and broken again. I am truly blessed.''
And, as it's turned out, truly dominant.
Here are Kahanic's Sunday's numbers, which were all new records at the Niagara County site: heavy stone (43 feet, 2 inches); open stone (55-1); heavy weight for distance (40-8); light weight for distance (82-5), personal best; sheaf (36-0), personal best; weight over bar (17-6), personal best; and caber (perfect throw on his first try).
Kahanic, who was a 13-time NAIA All-American in the weights while a student at Roberts Wesleyan, has found a way to continue using many of those same skills.
"I hope people understand that when you set your mind to do it you truly can do whatever you want,'' he said. "It's the best feeling in the world.
"I wouldn't be here without the people who inspired me and had faith in me from Day One.''