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Wikinews interviews United States disability skier Jasmin Bambur

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wikinews reporter LauraHale interviews United States Paralympic skier Jasmin Bambur

Recently, Wikinews spent time with with United States Paralympic skier Jasmin Bambur who was at Copper Mountain, Colorado for the IPC Nor-Am Cup.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves Right.png)) We're interviewing Jasmin Bambur. He is a guy. He's from Serbia, right?

Jasmin Bambur: Yes, ma'am, I am from Serbia but I race for US Paralympic.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) How did a Serb end up racing for the USA?

Jasmin Bambur: It's very simple. You just get married to a fine American lady and she give you citizenship and you ski fast and you get on the team. That's very simple.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Why do the Australians love you so?

Jasmin Bambur: We're a very small community, as ski racers, and we're always great friends. So we kind of hang out together and help each other out. And then in the end, depends who wins, either hate them or love them.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) They said you're some sort of professional racquetball player or something?

Jasmin Bambur: It's actually team handball. It's a sport [where] you have seven players like rugby. And yes, I played it professionally until I was 18 in Europe. And when war started in Kosovo, I moved to the United States and that's how I end up here.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You weren't always a sit skier?

Jasmin Bambur: I am a sit skier now but actually the reason I am a sit skier is I had a car accident in 2000. I fell asleep driving. Driving and sleeping don't go together. I don't know why.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Yeah, that's a difficult lesson to learn. So how have you been doing at this event?

Jasmin Bambur: Skiing? I've been skiing for about ten years, racing about four. And so far it's going great.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You won a medal, at this thing, right? One of these days?

Jasmin Bambur: I won two medals in Super G, two third places, and yesterday I got second place in slalom.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And what's your favourite one?

Jasmin Bambur: Favourite is Super G.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Because you go fast?

Jasmin Bambur: Yes, fast and very little turning. So that's my pick[?].

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Thank you very, very much.

Jasmin Bambur: No problem.
Jasmin Bambur at Solitude Station on Copper Mountain.
Image: Bidgee.
Jasmin Bambur competing in the Super G during the 2012 IPC Nor Am Cup at Copper Mountain, Colorado.
Image: Bidgee.



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