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Vancouver Winter Games 2010 - 22. March 2008.

Paralympic Perspectives: Verena Bentele

Verena Bentele from Tettnang, Germany, is a decorated Paralympic biathlete competing in the visually impaired class. As a 16-year-old, Bentele won her first four medals at the Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998. Four years later, she won another four gold medals in Salt Lake City 2002, followed by three additional medals in Torino 2006 . Bentele is a gold-medal contender for biathlon in Vancouver 2010.


Never Give Up by Verena Bentele
For athletes throughout the world, it is the same. We train for several years, not knowing for certain if we will make our way to the Olympic or Paralympic Games.


My first Paralympic Winter Games were in Nagano, Japan in 1998. I was a girl. At just 16 years old, it was simply a great pleasure for me to take part in such a fantastic event; the best thing for me was that no one expected anything from me. It was my first Paralympic Games, and I won my first gold medal in biathlon!

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