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LDS Track Star Best Discus Thrower In U.S.
Salt Lake Tribune 5May00 S2
By Michael Yount: Special to the Tribune

OREM, UTAH -- This article by the Salt Lake Tribune highlights the feats of LDS track star, Nik Arrhenius. The son of former BYU track star, Anders Arrhenius, and a junior at Mountain View High School in Orem, Nik is currently the best high school discus thrower in the nation.

All of Anders' children have dual citizenship, and Nik will defend his Swedish Junior National title in both the shot put and discus. He won the discus title last summer with a throw of 183 feet, using a heavier discus than those used in the United States.

Arrhenius' coach and father both see a bright future for him in the sport, if he chooses it. Without hesitation, each speaks of Olympic and World Championships competition. "The only thing that will qualify his future in the discus is his motivation," Silvester said. "Nik can, and undoubtedly will become one of the best throwers in the world."

"There is no end to it; he can be as good as he wants to. He has incredible talent," his father said.

Arrhenius, however, is shy when discussing his future. "It's a passion," he acknowledged, "but I try to set my priorities." After his prep days, he talks of a mission for the LDS Church and a collegiate career. From there, it's up to him. The stage is set.


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