Netherlands: 11 facts on the Sochi 2014 Paralympics

With only one athlete winning all 10 Paralympic Winter Games medals to date, the Netherlands will hope to diversify at Sochi. 11 Feb 2014
A picture of a man in a sledge skiing

Kees-Jan van der Klooster from the Netherlands on his dynamic way down. St. Leonhard Tirol, Austria - 3 December 2012: Impression of the training session of the IPC Alpine Skiing European Cup 2012 at Monday 3rd of december. Kees-Jan van der Klooster on his dynamic way down

ⒸRalf Kuckuck

• The Netherlands have won 10 medals in the Paralympic Winter Games. These medals have all been won by the same person: Marjorie van de Bunt.

• Van de Bunt won two gold medals, four silver medals and four bronze medals.

• Van de Bunt won her 10 Paralympic medals in two different sports: biathlon and cross-country skiing.

• Netherlands won their last Paralympic medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

• At the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, Netherlands were represented by alpine skier Kees-Jan van de Klooster.

• One of the top winter Paralympians in Sochi will be snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee.

• At the London 2012 Paralympics, Netherlands finished 10th in the overall medal table.

• In London, the Netherlands won 10 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 19 bronze medals for a grand total of 39. They won their gold medals in tennis, athletics, swimming, cycling, sailing and table tennis.

Marlou van Rhijn, who took gold and silver in London, was voted her country's Paralympic Athlete of the Year for the second year running in 2013.

• Netherlands made their Winter Paralympic debut at the 1984 Games and have taken part in all Games since except for 2006.

• You can follow the Dutch Team on Facebook and Twitter @nocnsf.


Alpine skiing

Anna Jochemsen, Twitter @AnnaJochemsen

Kees-Jan van der Klooster

Bart Verbruggen, Twitter @SkiBart


Lisa Bunschoten, Twitter @LisaBunschoten

Merijn Koek

Bibian Mentel-Spee, Twitter @BibianMentel, Facebook

Chris Vos, Twitter @adaptivechris

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