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Damir Mizdrak

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B2
Guide
Marija Koch

Further personal information

Languages
Croatian, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2007 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
A physical education teacher at high school introduced him to the sport. "It sounded interesting, and it was. At the first national competition I achieved good results so I stayed with skiing. The combination of adrenaline, speed, and nature made the sport extremely attractive."
Club / Team
SKOI Sljeme: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Luka Dobrinic [national], CRO

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Croatia

General interest

Hobbies
Socialising with friends and family. (in-portal.hr, 07 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing ninth in slalom at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 30 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
Croatian Para alpine skier Dino Sokolovic. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Croatian Para alpine skier Dino Sokolovic. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on the ligaments in his right knee during his first competitive season. (hpo.hr, 24 Feb 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When skiing you feel speed and adrenaline, and this is the most beautiful 'business office' that I can choose for myself." (in-portal.hr, 07 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 30 Dec 2018)
Impairment
His sight began deteriorating from age five. "Despite the fact that I was diagnosed with an incurable optic nerve disease as a five-year-old, I accepted it, learned to deal with my impairment, and actually live a normal life. I have always loved sports and from an early age I was involved in all school sporting activities that my low vision allowed. I did not allow my impairment to limit me from playing sports." (tportal.hr, 31 May 2021; dnevnik.hr, 08 Jan 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as vice president and secretary of the SKOI Sljeme Ski Club for Disabled Persons. (skoisljeme.hr, 01 Jan 2018; studentski.hr, 14 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-13 11
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final Round 2014-03-15 14
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2017-01-31 8
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-14 16
Men's Slalom Visually Impaired Final 2018-03-17 9
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-21 9999
Men's Slalom VI Race 1 2019-01-23 9999