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Fahrudin Catovic

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Azra Atagic-Catovic, daughters Adna, Asja and Ajna
Occupation
Manager, Veteran
Languages
Bosnian, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first used a monoski in 2014 in Austria.
Why this sport?
His wife decided to enrol him into a skiing school near Salzburg, Austria, for his birthday. "The moment I first sat on a monoski was fantastic. I was in Austria at a school that was supposed to last for three days. On the second day I drove a monoski. Everything went without any problems, and since then there has been no standing [skiing]."

General interest

Nicknames
Fahro (furaj.ba, 11 Apr 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family. "Thanks to them, even if I fall, I never give up and move on." (furaj.ba, 11 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian racing driver and Para road cyclist Alex Zanardi. (avaz.ba, 02 Nov 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live life to the fullest, enjoy every day and every second. Live today like there is no tomorrow." (YouTube channel, 28 Feb 2017)
Awards and honours
He has received the Order of the Golden Lily in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (avaz.ba, 02 Nov 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in international handcycling races. (avaz.ba, 02 Nov 2014)
Impairment
He was involved in an explosion in July 1993 at age 15 while serving in the army in Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. His injuries resulted in him having both of his legs amputated. (avaz.ba, 02 Nov 2014; furaj.ba, 11 Apr 2018)
Other information
FOUNDER
He and wife Azra co-founded the business portal ekapija.ba in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It went on to change its name to akta.ba. "We created a concept that is very needed for this society, it's about economics, because there is no single sphere of life which can exist without it." (akta.ba, 23 Jun 2021; faktor.ba, 29 Aug 2016; avaz.ba, 02 Nov 2014; furaj.ba, 11 Apr 2018)

PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
He previously worked as the manager for Bosnian rock band 'Zabranjeno Pusenje' [No Smoking]. "It was an unforgettable experience, we were on the road with concerts all the time. It was an honour to be a part of this band. I learned a lot during this work. This experience had a big impact on building my personality." (furaj.ba, 11 Apr 2018; vaz.ba, 02 Nov 2014)

SURVIVOR
He was injured five times during his service with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the last of which resulted in his impairment. "It was hard for my parents when I lost the ability to walk, but life must go on. I always tried to turn my impairment into a joke, because that's my philosophy. It all happened very quickly. These [memories] are like flashbacks from a movie, you need time to put them all together into one movie. In the meantime I forget about it until someone reminds me about the story of my life. I woke up, that's the most important thing. There is a reason why I stayed alive." (furaj.ba, 11 Apr 2018; bhraja.ca, 04 Jan 2017)