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Ilma Kazazic

Alpine Skiing


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Sarajevo, BIH
Athlete, Student
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

International debut

Competing for
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rinn, AUT

General interest

Listening to music, playing the piano. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018;, 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;, 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;, 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. (, 09 Mar 2018;, 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. (, 20 Dec 2018; IPC, 10 Feb 2018;, 22 Dec 2017;, 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. (, 06 Apr 2016)
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)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 01 Dec 2018)
She was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2014)
Other information
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;, 15 Jul 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 11
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 15
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-18 12
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-22 8
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2019-01-24 9999