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Damir BURIC
Sport Water Polo
NOC Croatia   
GenderMen
Born02 Dec 1980 in Pula, YUG
Height2.05 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Sons Teo and Paolo
Residence
Istanbul, TUR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo in 1994 in Pula, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He took up water polo for health reasons after injuring his arm during handball training.
Club / Team
Enka: Istanbul, TUR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
Handedness
Right
Footedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Croatia
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Slovenia
General Interest
Nicknames
Bura (NOC, 17 Mar 2008)
Hobbies
Reading. (vecernji.hr, 01 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (regionalexpress.hr, 27 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan, Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic. (regionalexpress.hr, 27 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He experienced shoulder problems towards the end of 2011. (novilist.hr, 21 Jan 2012)

He suffered from glandular fever [mononucleosis] in 2002. (NOC, 17 Mar 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was honoured with the Order of the Croatian Interlace. (hrt.hr, 05 Dec 2016)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT
After winning a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he decided to retire from the national team. "There were many great victories, but also defeat which left a bitter taste. This is sport. But if someone, at the beginning of my career, offered me a half of all medals that I won, I would say that it's impossible to achieve. Therefore, I have to be very satisfied." (sportarena.hr, 12 Nov 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
1 2012 London, ENG Team  
6 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
10 2004 Athens, GRE Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
3 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
1 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
4 2005 Montreal, CAN Team  
9 2003 Barcelona, ESP Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2010 Oradea, ROU Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
9 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
1 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
4 2008 Málaga, ESP Team  
7 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team  
2 2003 Kranj, SLO Team