Inspiring Dutch Paralympic Bibian Mentel dies from cancer

Bibian Mentel — a three-time Dutch Paralympic snowboarding champion — handed away yesterday on the age of 48, after preventing recurring most cancers for greater than 20 years. 

Mente’s household introduced her loss of life on her Instagram, stories the NOS. The message reads: “Relaxation in peace expensive Bibian, expensive mama, expensive daughter, expensive darling. We are going to always remember you. Love, Julian, Laila, Bella, Maude, Rolf and Edwin.” 


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An inspiring athlete

Earlier than changing into a Paralympic athlete, Bibian had already received a number of titles and was getting ready to take part within the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Metropolis. 

Nevertheless, in 2001, medical doctors found a malignant tumour in her periosteum (a connective tissue that covers the outer floor of a bone) and her decrease proper leg needed to be amputated. 

The then 28-year-old Bibian was again to snowboarding 4 months after the surgical procedure. In January 2002, she received the Dutch championship, the place she competed amongst able-bodied athletes.  

Three-time champion

After that, she went into para snowboarding. She was the Olympic flag bearer for the Netherlands in 2014 in Sochi the place she received a gold medal for snowboard cross.

4 years later within the 2018 Olympic Video games in Pyeongchang, she was a flag bearer once more and went on to win two titles. Following these accomplishments, she was named the Paralympic Sportsperson of the yr. 

Mentel was additionally the founding father of the Mentelity Basis, which helps kids and younger adults with a bodily incapacity to get into sports activities.  

Condolences from the prime minister

The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, expressed his condolences on Twitter. 

He wrote: “Saddened by the loss of life of @BibianMentel. An icon of the Dutch Paralympic sport. Together with her positivity and immense perseverance, she was an instance for us all. I want her family members a number of energy following this nice loss”

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