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KAZAZIC Ilma
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Bosnia & Herzegovina   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthSarajevo, BIH
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sarajevo, BIH
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Bosnian, English
Higher education
Information Technology - Dzemal Bijedic University: Mostar, BIH
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing in 2008 in Bjelasnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport by her mentor late Slovenian Para alpine skier, Senad Turkovic, who was a friend of her father. "My love for the sport grew in me because of the influence of my first coach and my father."
Club / Team
Ilmer Ski Club for the Disabled: Sarajevo, BIH
Name of coach
Leon Svetlin [personal], BIH, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Location
Rinn, AUT
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, playing the piano. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; live387.ba, 21 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and finishing eighth in the giant slalom at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 26 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and late coach Senad Turkovic. ¨He is always in my mind when I'm skiing. When I race, every race is for him." (Athlete, 13 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 26 Jan 2019)
Hero / Idol
Bosnian Para alpine skier Senad Turkovic, and her parents. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no physical limitations, the only limitations we have take place in our head." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named flag bearer for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She also carried out the same duty at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Sports Association for Athletes with an Impairment in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. (okbih.ba, 20 Dec 2018; IPC, 10 Feb 2018; sinovi-bosne.net, 22 Dec 2017; azramag.ba, 26 Jan 2017)

In 2016 she received the Nagrada Sarajevska Pahuljica [Sarajevo Snowflake Award] in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The honour is presented in recognition of exceptional achievements in the promotion and affirmation of general social values in curricular and extracurricular activities. (sarajevo.ba, 06 Apr 2016)
Milestones
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2014 she became the first woman representing Bosnia and Herzegovina to compete in alpine skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games when she took part in the giant slalom in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (klix.ba, 01 Dec 2018)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
COACH'S IMPACT
Her first coach Senad Turkovic, who passed away in 2016, had a major influence on her career. "Every race I have had and every race I will have are done in memory of my coach Senad Turkovic, who is no longer with us, but will always be in my heart giving me the strength and motivation to do my best." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; klix.ba, 15 Jul 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
  2014 Slalom - Standing DNS
  2014 Giant Slalom - Standing DNF
15 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 3:03.05
12 2018 Slalom - Standing 2:50.96
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2014/2015 Slalom - Standing DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
11 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 2:22.06
8 2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:51.33
  2018/2019 Slalom - Standing  DNF