Intalnire gratuita a Colmar is a French magazine cover from the s showing an above-the-knee amputee practising skiing - a picture that the Romanian snowboarder first saw during his recovery from a similar amputation and which has inspired him to become a Para athlete. After five years on the World Cup circuit, Papara has enjoyed a breakthrough season.
The latter made him the first Romanian Para snowboarder to win a medal at the World Cup. Papara hopes this will bring more attention to Para sport back home so that nobody with a disability needs to spend hours looking for role models as he had done, only to settle on a foreign image dating back to more than half a century.
With his left pant leg hiked up, his prosthetic is clearly visible as he confidently rides towards the finish line.
The choice to display his prosthetic so openly is intentional. One is the functionality of it because I need to access quickly the mechanism if Snowboard Dating Site need to change some settings, and the second one is that the visibility of the disability is important.
Growing up in Romania, the references he got to people with disabilities were mostly negative, which made his above-the-knee amputation appear all the more devastating at first. I had a huge shock.
It was very difficult for me to accept my new situation, psychologically, socially.
After a long search, he finally stumbled on the French magazine cover, which turned his life around and which is saved on his phone to this day. Despite never being a competitive athlete, he was drawn to the idea of using sport to overcome his impairment.