"Other sports have lots of rules and limitations while I can fly wherever I want." - Milica Marinkovic
Mina: Do you remember your first paragliding flight? Where was it?
Milica: Yes, it was in Serbia, on mountain Rajac. My first flight lasted only a few seconds, after a lot of running I separated from the ground only for a half a meter.
Mina: When did you start paragliding? When did you start training for competitions?
Milica: I started paragliding at the age of 15, thanks to my father. I started preparing for competitions about 2 years after that.
Mina: Where did your love for paragliding come from? At which point did you know it was something you wanted to pursue?
Milica: I saw paragliders and eagles long time ago circle together high in the air. It seemed to me as a good connection between nature and flying. I new at that moment that I wanted to fly with a paraglider.
Mina: How much time on average do you spend flying?
Milica: I usually fly about 200 hours a year.
Mina: You are one of the best in your country. What is your training method for success? What can you recommend to people who are just starting out?
Milica: I get together with a few of my friends who also fly and we do it together whenever time and nature allow. For people who are just starting out: be patient, don’t fly at any cost, fly when it’s safe, do it for yourself, not for someone else.
Mina: Tell me about the wing you fly? How about harness and other gear?
Milica: For the first time in my life I have a brand new wing which I received last year in Albania at the world cup as 1st placed. I think my wing's polar is not compatible for my best score. For accuracy competitions I should have matching harness and helmet because I use an airbag harness and it's too big for accuracy landing.
Mina: What do you do when you're not flying?
Milica: I am a student, when I’m not flying I’m studying.
Mina: Do you have any sponsors? Who are they?
Milica: No, I don’t have sponsors.
Mina: Beside being your favorite sport, what differentiates paragliding from other sports for you?
Milica: Freedom of movement. Other sports have lots of rules and limitations while I can fly where ever I want.
Mina: Would you encourage your children to try paragliding and support them if they showed interest?
Milica: Yes, I would encourage and support my children to fly like my father supported and encouraged me and made me a champion.
Mina: What are your 3 favorite flying sites in the world?
Milica: Stubai in Austria, Vlore in Albania and Oludenise in Turkey.
Mina: What are your 3 favorite flying sites in your country?
Milica: Mountain Zlatibor, Mountain Kopaonik and Vršac.
Mina: Name 3 of your paragliding heroes:
Milica: My only paragliding hero is Zoran Petrovic (Gugi).
Mina: Biggest challenge so far?
Milica: My biggest challenge so far were the world games in Cali because best of the best were there.
Mina: The most beautiful thing about flying?
Milica: Freedom of movement and beautiful sights from above.
Mina: What are your goals for the future?
Milica: To win a gold medal at Olympic Games when paragliding becomes an Olympic Sport.
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