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ZIMA Josip
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Croatia   
Place of BirthBjelovar, YUG
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Daughters Eme and Eve
Information Technology
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]."
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Cup
General Interest
Pepo (Facebook profile, 10 Dec 2018)
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;, 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. (, 03 Jul 2015)
He fell from a balcony in 2006, which resulted in a fractured spine in four places and damage to his spinal cord. (, 14 Mar 2018; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018;, 10 Dec 2014)
Other information
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. (, 15 Mar 2018;, 15 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 10:01.36
  2018 7.5km - Sitting  DNS
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 3:53.5
33 2022 10km - Sitting 1:00:47.9
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
27 2021/2022 10km - Sitting 1:01:38.4
30 2021/2022 Sprint - Sitting