Paralympian Great, Bibian Mentel Retires

Utrechts very own triple paralympic snowboard champion Bibian Mentel has finally retired. After she won in Pyeongchang she told us it would be her last performance at a Paralympic Games, and true to her word she will no longer compete at the elite level again.

Mentel had  bone cancer diagnosed at the age of 27, and she had a lower leg amputated. Then the cancer returned several times.
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Bibian Mentel won gold at the snowboard cross during the Paralympic Games in Sochi 2014, a title that she managed to extend in Pyeongchang four years later. In South Korea she also won gold on the banked slalom component.
She promises that she will always keep snowboarding and will perhaps do some games if she is invited, but she will no longer compete on the World Cup circuit.

So Bibian Mentel will remain active in snowboarding, now for her own pleasure and the Utrecht-born paralympian becomes an ambassador to the International Paralympic Committee.

In 2012  Mentel decided to set up her own “Mentelity Foundation“, through which she hopes to stimulate, motivate, and inspire children and adolescents with a physical disability to engage in sports, both in general, as well as in extreme board sports in particular.

Through the Foundation she wants to make a positive contribution to the mental and physical development of the physically disabled.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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