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Milos Zaric

Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55

Further personal information

Family
Wife Julija
Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Languages
Serbian
Higher education
College of Sports and Health : Belgrade, SRB

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005.
Why this sport?
He wanted to become a world champion. "I like Para athletics, it's a rough sport and you have to work hard."
Club / Team
AK Pora Uzice: Užice, SRB

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Serbia

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first medal, a silver in the F56 javelin throw at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales. Winning gold in the F55 javelin at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, and in the same event at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Serbian Para athlete Drazenko Mitrovic. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US tennis player Monica Seles. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He was affected by a shoulder injury during the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Televizija 5 Uzice YouTube channel, 01 Jul 2016; uzickanedelja.rs, 24 Jun 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself." (Televizija 5 Uzice YouTube channel, 08 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Serbia at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

He was named the 2017 Para Athlete of the Year in Uzice, Serbia. (infoera.rs, 26 Dec 2017)

In 2016 he was presented with the Majska Nagrada award, the most prestigious honour given by the Serbian Sport Association. (radioluna.rs, 27 May 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Serbia in Para cross-country skiing, and competed at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 14 Mar 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 05 May 2020)
Milestones
He became the first Serbian athlete to compete at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games, following his appearances at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also became the first Serbian athlete to compete in Para cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games. "I am extremely happy that I am the first. No one has competed at the Winter and Summer Games before me. Now, I'm going to compete at the Paralympic Games every two years. It's unbelievable feeling." (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2018; infoera.rs, 22 Feb 2018; kurir.rs, 28 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (kurir.rs, 28 Feb 2018)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of being involved in a car accident at age 20. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; uzickagimnazija.edu.rs, 25 Jun 2012)
Other information
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
He took up Para skiing in 2011. "I tried Para alpine skiing and I liked it, but there was a risk that I would fall and injure myself, therefore I decided to give up on skiing. It's dangerous, but adrenaline was attracting me, so I was still thinking about skiing. Then, I discovered cross-country skiing. The Serbian Paralympic Committee agreed that I could train in cross-country skiing, but only if I would not withdraw from athletics, which was a perfect solution for me." (infoera.rs, 22 Feb 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2014 he founded AK Pora, an athletics club in Uzice, Serbia. (infoera.rs, 26 Dec 2017; uzickanedelja.rs, 07 Oct 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F55 Final 1 2015-10-26 2
Men's Shot Put F55 Final 1 2015-10-31 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F55 Final Round 2016-09-16 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F55 Final 1 2017-07-15 1
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 34