THE HAGUE, March 30 (Xinhua) — Three-time Paralympic snowboard champion Bibian Mentel died on Monday at the age of 48, her family announced.
The Dutch athlete was diagnosed with cancer 12 times in the past 20 years and repeatedly recovered. At the beginning of March this year new metastases had been discovered in Mentel’s brain and she had no chance of survival.
“Rest in peace dear Bibian, dear mama, dear daughter, dear darling. We will never forget you,” Mentel’s family wrote on social media on Monday evening.
Twenty years ago Mentel was diagnosed with bone cancer for the first time, which resulted in her lower leg being amputated. Cancer returned, but Mentel managed to recover and also excel at the Paralympic Games.
As a Paralympic snowboarder, Mentel won Olympic gold three times: once in Sochi in 2014 on snowboard cross and twice in Pyeongchang in 2018 on snowboard cross and banked slalom. Mentel ended her career at the end of 2018. Enditem