Al Roker’s Son Nick Wins Gold In Special Olympics

This Father’s Day was one for the books in the Roker family.

Al Roker’s teen son, Nicholas “Nick” Albert Roker, gave his day a unique gift this past father’s day.

Last Saturday, the 16-year-old took home two gold medals from a Special Olympics swim meet at Vassar College.

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Proud dad Al Roker raves about his son’s Special Olympics swim meet wins


“Nick competed, for the first time, at the statewide Special Olympics in New York,” he explained during the 3rd  hour of TODAY on Monday. “He won a gold medal in the 25-yard butterfly and a gold medal in the 50-yard (freestyle).”

The weatherman shared a heartfelt message to his son on his Instagram page as well as congratulating all the other athletes that day.

So proud of my boy for his #goldmedal finishes in the #25yd #butterfly and #50yd #freestyle at the @specialolympicsny #summergames at @vassarcollege today Congrats to all the #athletes who participated (He said I could post this)

16.1k Likes, 618 Comments – Al Roker (@alroker) on Instagram: “So proud of my boy for his #goldmedal finishes in the #25yd #butterfly and #50yd #freestyle at the…”


Nick, as Al wrote in a recent essay for Guideposts magazine, is “somewhere on the (autism) spectrum and maybe obsessive-compulsive,” though Al added that “those labels can be frustrating; they don’t begin to describe who Nick really is.”

Like his father, Nick is proving to be a young man of many talents—he’s also earned his black belt in taekwondo.

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