Hello! I am Dominik, an athlete with over 25 years into several sports disciplines (predominantly endurance running, tennis, triathlon) who has had an (un)fortunate setback. That’s how my story would begin if we went out for a run and if I could share my humble thoughts on, as others would probably cite, enthralling performances, breathtaking willpower and a probably a radiant sports career! Different thoughts, not the usual ones.
Dive into the world of a Doctor. A regular guy with an irregular love for learning. I have got a bunch of letters after my name (Dr., Dr. h.c., PhD, Univ. Doz., M.Sc., M.A., B.A., Dipl. Univ., Lic. Univ.), but don't let that fool you - I am just your friendly neighborhood enthusiast for all things mind-boggling.
When I am not busy fixing bodies or buried in scientific journals, you'll find me in the classroom. Some may call it a multilingual maestro, sliding effortlessly between seven languages, and dabbling in a couple more when the mood strikes, but I feel most comfortable inSpanish and Italian, my favourite languages.
I am all about teaching Spanish, German, English, French, Italian, Korean, and Japanese, but don't worry, I won't hit you with any fancy jargon. Just down-to-earth learning with a guy who's genuinely excited about sharing a bit of what he may, maybe, find interesting, practical and useful.
So come on in, grab a seat, and let's explore the wonders of knowledge together - not your typical doctor, but then again, who wants to be typical anyway?
Meet me, a down-to-earth fella, who, like a breath of fresh air, prefers genuine, heartfelt connections.
Allow me to take you on a journey of resilience and unwavering spirit. Picture yourself in the midst of an Ironman Triathlon, a grueling test of endurance that demands the utmost physical and mental strength. This was my reality, a World Championship I had trained for over many years, until fate intervened in the most unexpected of ways.
At a speed of 85.7km/h (53mph), I was involved in a catastrophic crash during a downhill cycling section of the race. What happened next was a true test of character that required every fiber of my being. Determination, passion, motivation, effort, willpower, never-say-die attitude, discipline, and integrity: As I pedaled forward, unaware of the extent of my injuries, I persevered. It wasn't until I reached the finish line that the full extent of my injuries became apparent. With three broken vertebrae and deep flesh wounds on my arms and legs, it was a wonder that I had managed to complete the race at all. Despite my injuries, my heart remained undaunted. I immediately offered my help to a fellow participant who was in a state of shock. Although he declined my offer to continue on my still-intact bike, I chose to offer words of encouragement and a warm embrace before setting off once more.
In the days that followed, a good friend provided me with a lifeline, driving me to the nearest hospital and allowing me to stay with their family during my recovery. For nearly two months, they provided me with the care and support that I needed to heal and recover.
This experience changed my life forever, imbuing me with a newfound appreciation for the potential within us all. It reminded me of the heights that can be achieved when one sets their mind to it, and the power of human compassion in the face of adversity.
This experience taught me the value of perseverance, empathy, and the importance of human connection. I am forever grateful for what I have been fortunate to learn out of this situation.
The healing of the deep and bloody flesh wounds was supported by unbelievably competent nurses and medical doctors on a daily basis. The contusions and fractures were healing as well, which I would never have believed. How can broken vertebrae heal? So unimaginably smart and strong is our amazing body, if very special circumstances allow a stable restoration, which in this case has been truly literal.
I am grateful and feel honoured that people found my story inspiring and considered my humble minority for such unique recognition moments, being fortunate to be a nominee and recipient of Fair-Play recognition awards from the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin International Fair-Play Representation and other international authorities. Indebted to all the people that have supported me, I decided to share my insights being an avid listener, a nature lover, a passionate vegan (almost 100%) but also a travel enthusiast; too a transparent, complex, but easygoing person as probably many would say.
Not considering myself to have been part of the elite of the sports I practiced so ambitiously and enthusiastically for so many years, I am friends with top athletes and World-Champions in several sports disciplines who always are happy to share moments to have a nice laugh and fill me with inspiration. I continue to practice my sports with an undisputed professional approach, although my back still tends to hurt in certain positions (especially in the aero-position on the bike, while swimming and sleeping) and my weight is still crazy high for an ultra-endurance athlete (80kgs/176lbs) especially after the long hospital stays with no movement at all being imprisoned (without any dramatic intentions) in a tight full body corset.
Tragic it may sound, let me tell you as an encouraging side-note once again that the human body -is- truly amazing, so please try to take advantage of the many opportunities you have to spend at least a couple of hours out somewhere practicing sport(s) you love on a daily basis. Just ask yourself if health is a priority for you. Or, if a couple of hours out of twenty-four are too much.
Please, feel free to message or follow me over here via the contact form, e-mail (management (at) dominikkozanda (dot) com), Facebook or Instagram anytime you wish. I take my readers’ thoughts seriously and am always happy to help, if I can and time allows it. The experience would be significantly enhanced if we could partake in it while embarking on a leisurely jog, engaging in a spirited game of squash, or savoring the exhilarating moments of surfing side by side.