The Genetic Secrets of the World’s Greatest Free Diver (2nd of a 3-part series)
By Amanda Schaffer, Medium and NeoLife
In the mid-1990s, an academically gifted Bosnian teenager named Mirza Cifric sent a plea to thousands of people through an online bulletin board system. The Bosnian War had come to an end, but Cifric, already a serial entrepreneur since middle school, saw little future in his homeland and wanted to pursue a college education elsewhere. Strangers from around the world responded to him, and eventually, through an organization devoted to helping Bosnian children, he was matched with a family living outside of Boston. Cifric says he printed the invitation on his Star LC20 dot matrix printer and ran to his mother, waving the paper and shouting, “Mom, Mom, I’m going to America!” Cifric’s mother, who worked in the Bosnian court system and liked to see documents stamped and certified, was skeptical about the arrangement. Nonetheless, she put her son on a plane to Boston with around 500 German marks ($200) sewn into his pants.
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