Category Archives: Disability sport

Bibian Mentel-Spee takes Paralympic gold two months after cancer surgery

Dutch snowboarder retains her Olympic title despite spending much of 2017 undergoing radiation and surgical treatment for tumours

Bibian Mentel-Spee of the Netherlands retained her Olympic snowboard cross title at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang – only months after finishing treatment for cancer, which prevented her from competing for much of the past year.

Having been diagnosed in July 2017 with cancer in her neck, oesophagus and ribs, she had expected her treatment to be over by October. However, in December she was informed by doctors that the tumour in her neck required further urgent surgery – giving her barely any time to prepare for the Games.

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Ten things to watch out for at the Winter Paralympics | Simon Burnton

From the US and Canadian ice hockey rivalry to Marie Bochet’s dominance for France and Millie Knight’s potential for Team GB, 10 potential highlights from Pyeongchang

Not only is Mike Schultz is the world’s top-ranked snowboard-cross and banked slalom boarder, he competes using prosthetics that he designed and manufactures in a workshop behind his house in St Cloud, Minnesota. His hi-tech creations will also be used by some 30 other athletes at the Games including the reigning world and overall World Cup snowboard champion Brenna Huckaby, whose prosthetic leg is purple to match her trademark dyed hair.

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North Korea's Paralympic presence raises eyebrows as winter games open

All eyes will be on North Korea’s competitors as biggest Games yet open in South

The Paralympics opens on Friday in Pyeongchang in what will be the largest winter Games to date, with 240 medals up for grabs and North Korea making its debut, part of a wider cooling of tensions.

The Games will run over 10 days and 670 athletes will compete, over 100 more than in Sochi four years ago, across six sports: para Alpine skiing, para biathlon, para cross-country skiing, sleigh hockey, para snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

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'They'll think I'm a traitor': North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut

South Korea para ice hockey star Choi Kwang-hyouk expects awkward meeting with former compatriots as Pyongyang sends first Winter Games athletes

Choi Kwang-hyouk has been unable to escape his past, and every new encounter conjures the same images from his previous life: North Korean refugee, vagrant, amputee.

Related: South Korea delegation meets Kim in Pyongyang before historic talks

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British para-snowboarder accuses governing body of disability and sex discrimination

• Cassie Cava had funding cut while in psychiatric hospital
• ‘I was pushed to suicidal feelings and given no support’

An independent investigation has been launched after a British para-snowboarding athlete, who had her UK Sport funding cut while she was being treated in a psychiatric hospital, made allegations of disability and sex discrimination.

Cassie Cava, who starred in the “This Girl Can” advertising campaign, was raped by a group of men while abroad in 2013 and had her foot amputated in 2014. But she claimed that when she made senior figures within British Parasnowsport aware of the impact these two episodes had taken on her mental health she was discriminated against and left feeling alienated, alleging one of them asked: “Do you want to hang yourself?”

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