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Dutch Paralympic snowboarder Bibian Mentel has been told to prepare her next of kin to say goodbye....

 

Years ago she almost qualified for the Olympics in Salt Lake City but cancer was found in one of her legs and had to be amputated. Four months later she was back on a snowboard. 

She was hit with cancer an astonishing 15 times but nevertheless won three gold medals on the paralympics. She a truly inspiring woman who was dealt a very bad hand of cards. Now the cancer is back again and doctors have said there was nothing they could do this time....

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5 minutes ago, Whitehouse said:

Dutch Paralympic snowboarder Bibian Mentel has been told to prepare her next of kin to say goodbye....

 

Years ago she almost qualified for the Olympics in Salt Lake City but cancer was found in one of her legs and had to be amputated. Four months later she was back on a snowboard. 

She was hit with cancer an astonishing 15 times but nevertheless won three gold medals on the paralympics. She a truly inspiring woman who was dealt a very bad hand of cards. Now the cancer is back again and doctors have said there was nothing they could do this time....

Picked in the DDP before - but not this time. So a bit of a miss for me, and Banana.

She seemed okay until very recently. It was one of those cancer battles with a lot of ups and downs.

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10 hours ago, gcreptile said:
10 hours ago, Whitehouse said:

Dutch Paralympic snowboarder Bibian Mentel has been told to prepare her next of kin to say goodbye....

She seemed okay until very recently. It was one of those cancer battles with a lot of ups and downs.


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French Olympic snowboarder (2002,2006) Julia Pomagalski has died in an avalanche aged 40; a guide Bruno Cutelli, was also killed.

 

In addition to her Olympic participation she also won gold in the snowboard cross in the world championships in 1999.

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On 05/03/2021 at 19:03, Whitehouse said:

Dutch Paralympic snowboarder Bibian Mentel has been told to prepare her next of kin to say goodbye....

 

Years ago she almost qualified for the Olympics in Salt Lake City but cancer was found in one of her legs and had to be amputated. Four months later she was back on a snowboard. 

She was hit with cancer an astonishing 15 times but nevertheless won three gold medals on the paralympics. She a truly inspiring woman who was dealt a very bad hand of cards. Now the cancer is back again and doctors have said there was nothing they could do this time....

Dead. (in Dutch)

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16 minutes ago, DoorSlammer said:

Dead. (in Dutch)

 

Completely gave up on her absolutely everywhere this year.... man is that coming back to haunt me

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Indeed, unpicked in the DDP. Last year, Banana and me had her in the DDP (C-team though only, because I'm not sure about the QO (oh, the irony))

She seemed to do okay...

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On 26/02/2021 at 13:09, arghton said:

1956 Women's cross country skiing gold medalist Siiri "Äitee" Rantanen got her leg amputated a while ago. She's 96 and is looking much frailer than a year ago. There is a picture from the hospital in this article:

https://www.is.fi/maastohiihto/art-2000007733531.html

Has recovered pretty well and says that she'll try to keep on "until atleast 100"

Picture from a few months ago:

IMG_20210609_224811.thumb.png.ca166d629d6bc15d65794c93376afaef.png

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33 minutes ago, YoungWillz said:

British Olympic Champion in figure skating in 1952, Jeannette Altwegg, death notice: https://berneroberlaender.sich-erinnern.ch/traueranzeige/jeannette-wirz-altwegg

 

DDP Pick.

 

Another gold medallist not picked for the Scavvy Hunt.

 

Edit: Of course not, it's Winter Olympics! DOH!!! I'm all over the place today.

Erroneously posted in the Summer Olympics thread, death of Jeannette Altwegg cross posted here.

 

It's Sunday, I'm tired, blah de blah de blah....

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After the death of Pentti Isotalo there are four members of Finland's 1952 ice hockey team alive:

Lauri Silvan, Yrjö Hakala, Pekka Myllylä (all three born 1932) and Eero Saari (b. 1928)

 

 

Living Ice Hockey Medalists in the 1952 winter olympics:

 

Bruce Dickson (b. 1931) is the only living member of Canada's winning 1952 team.

Arnold Oss (b. 1928) and Rube Bjorkman (b. 1929) are the living members of USA's silver team.

Hans Andersson-Tvilling (b. 1928) and Lars Björn (b. 1931) are the living ones from Sweden's bronze team

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On 04/02/2019 at 09:54, alt obits guy said:

Matti Nykanen, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a ski jumping legend, has died.  He was 55.  Nykanen was an Olympic champion for Finland in 1984 and 1988.

 

https://newsbeezer.com/swedeneng/matti-nykanen-dead-the-finnish-legend-was-55-years-old/

 

Well, now Tuomo Ylipulli, another member of Finland's 1988 Calgary gold-winning Large Hill Team is dead, aged 56 from a "sudden bout of illness"...

 

Left are Ari-Pekka Nikkola (b. 1969) and Jari Puikkonen (b. 1959). All the other members of other Large Hill Teams of Calgary are still alive, I think.

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