Para snowboarder Bruno Bosnjak hopes to better the colour of his medal at Beijing Games

Bruno Bosnjak was training for the 2006 Olympic Games when he suffered spinal cord injuries as a result of a snowboard crash.

Bruno Bosnjak
Bruno Bosnjak

Croatian para snowboarder Bruno Bosnjak, who clinched the slalom bronze at PyeongChang 2018, is hoping to better the colour of his medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics.

The 38-year-old Croatia’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony last Friday, became his country’s first medallist at any Winter Paralympics on South Korean soil.

However, Bosnjak assures he is not feeling any pressure from the competition owing to his previous Paralympic experience.

The good thing is that I did already (have) my medal so I don’t have pressure and I always said whatever is going to happen since this medal is a bonus. So, I’m without pressure, but I’m still aiming for a medal and I know I can do it,” he said of his expectations in Beijing.

“Trying to do my best and hope that this is enough for a medal”

Bruno Bosnjak with the Croatian contingent
Bruno Bosnjak with the Croatian contingent

Bosnjak stated that he is well aware of how competitive the men’s SB-LL1 category has become.

“It doesn’t depend only on me because it’s a tough competition this time, I think it’s more than 10 people who could get a medal. So, I’m trying to do my best and hope that this is enough for a medal,” he said.

Hopefully it will be something better than a bronze, but I’m happy with any medal.”

The Zagreb native Bruno mentioned that carrying his country’s National Flag during the Opening Ceremony at Beijing 2022 was indeed a proud moment.

“It sure makes me very proud and it’s really some of the biggest achievements that an athlete can do in his life. So, I will proudly hold this metal for my country and wave it,” he signed off.

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