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Josip Zima

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW10

Further personal information

Family
Daughters Eme and Eve
Occupation
Information Technology
Languages
Croatian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para cross-country skiing in 2016.
Why this sport?
"When I heard about Nordic skiing, I decided to go to training and I was sure that I would excel. However, I came to the track and after 50 metres I couldn't go any further, and then I got terribly injured. It awakened in me an even greater desire to succeed and to show that I can really do whatever I want, no matter how big the obstacles. It pushes my boundaries and motivates me in my everyday life."
Club / Team
SK Sokol Bjelovar: Croatia
Training Regime
He trains for eight to 10 hours per week. "I train mostly in Slovenia. We find the best conditions there and it is the closest to us. We do dry training sessions in Zagreb [Croatia]."

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Croatia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Ukraine

General interest

Nicknames
Pepo (Facebook profile, 10 Dec 2018)
Hobbies
Cars. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family, and Italian footballer Gianluigi Buffon. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2022, 08 Mar 2018; in-portal.hr, 12 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Italian footballer Gianluigi Buffon. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018, 08 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at national level in Croatia. (hasosi.hr, 03 Jul 2015)
Impairment
He fell from a balcony in 2006, which resulted in a fractured spine in four places and damage to his spinal cord. (24sata.hr, 14 Mar 2018; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; in-portal.hr, 10 Dec 2014)
Other information
EQUIPMENT ISSUES
Upon arrival at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he discovered that his team had sent him with a sit-ski that had previously belonged to a female athlete and was too small for him to race with. It took five technicians at the repair shop about eight hours to take the device apart and create an entirely new one that he could compete in. (nypost.com, 15 Mar 2018; dailyherald.com, 15 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 35
Men's 7.5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 9999