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female Para snowboarder Lisa Buschoten riding the banked slalom

Lisa Bunschoten

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This season is Lisa Bunschoten’s to lose. After silver and bronze at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, the Dutch snowboarder appears more motivated and in the form to take her first major gold medal.

Previously she had been riding in the shadows of the woman who brought her into the sport – Bibian Mentel-Spee. At PyeongChang 2018, the two went head-to-head in the snowboard-cross final. The race was a nail-biter, with both riders’ boards almost touching each other. Both crashed coming to a turn, with Mentel-Spee recovering quickest to take the gold.

Since Mentel-Spee’s retirement after double gold in PyeongChang, Bunschoten has been dominating the 2018-19 season; she has won all but two of her five World Cups so far.

Bunschoten was always a gold-medal contender at each race she showed up to, being the strongest to take down Mentel-Spee. She saw one of her strongest seasons in 2016-17, when she finished at the top of the World Cup rankings in the banked slalom and second in snowboard-cross. The 2017 World Championships in Big White, Canada, saw her capture double silver behind Mentel-Spee.

Bunschoten made her Paralympic debut at Sochi 2014, finishing seventh in the women’s snowboard-cross after falling in the last turn of the final run. The next season she was stronger. She took the banked slalom World Cup title in 2015-16 and finished that season second overall in the World Cup rankings. It was a progression from finishing third in the overall World Cup rankings in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The Dutch rider captured her first major medal with bronze in snowboard-cross and just missed the podium with fourth in banked slalom at the 2015 World Championships in La Molina, Spain.

Bunschoten was born with fibula aplasia, which caused her left leg to grow shorter than her right. She eventually made the decision to have her left foot amputated at 16, but soon returned to her board as she began the sport at 14 years old.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Residence
De Meern, NED
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Psychology - Radboud University: Nijmegen, NED

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She had first tried snowboarding in 2010 and was eager to get back on a board following her operation.
Why this sport?
Her brother Jasper got her involved in the sport. "He always wanted to go to the mountains, but I was not able to ski. So he said to me, 'Why don’t you try to snowboard?’ So I tried and I fell in love with the sport."
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED; Bell Berghuis [national], SUI
Training Regime
She trains in Papendal, Netherlands.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and winning the 2015/16 overall World Cup title in banked slalom. (paralympic.org, 29 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (paralympic.org, 21 Mar 2019)
Injuries
She suffered a cut to her cheek after colliding with her Dutch teammate Bibian Mentel in the snowboard cross final at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She got up to win the silver medal, while Mentel claimed gold. The medal ceremony was delayed for one day as Bunschoten had to go to hospital after the race for treatment. (teamnl.org, 13 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live your dream." (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ad.nl, 26 Mar 2018)
Impairment
She was born with fibula aplasia, which caused her left leg to grow shorter than her right. A frame was attached to the limb when she was young, and she also had surgery to try and lengthen it. She eventually made the decision to have her left foot amputated, and the operation was performed six days after her 16th birthday. (lisabunschoten.nl, 02 Sep 2013)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied at the Johan Cruyff Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018; Facebook profile, 15 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Para Snowboard Cross Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 7
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-24 3
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2015-02-28 4
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 2
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 2
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 3
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 1
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 1