World Para Alpine Skiing, Sljeme 2018
World Para Alpine Skiing (WPSA) was held in the Sljeme resort near Zagreb on 8th and 9th January 2018. The Red Slope hosted the best skiers from four continents.
On the first day, 69 skiers from 17 countries from the visually impaired, as well as standing and sitting categories, participated in the race.
In the sitting category, Croatian Paralympics athlete Dino Sokolovic finished second in slalom, while our second representative Damir Mizdrak, with his guide, Luka Debeljak, finished tenth in the visually impaired category in the first run, but unfortunately had to drop out of the second run due to missing one gate.
It is truly fascinating to watch how athletes with disabilities, whether the visually impaired with their guides or athletes with special aids, race down the challenging Red Slope, the same one where the Snow Queen race was held last week.
The organisers put in a lot of effort in maintaining the course in the unusually warm weather.
After Sljeme, the para skiers will continue the tournament in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, where two giant slalom races will be held on January 11-12.
Deputy Darijo Jurisic attended the Sljeme races as representative of the Office of the Ombudswoman.