Lisa Bunschoten23 November 1995 Netherlands
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games – Silver: snowboard-cross; bronze: banked slalom
- 2017-18 World Para Snowboard World Cup – First place: women’s snowboard-cross SB-LL2
- 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships: Silver - banked slalom and snowboard-cross
- 2016-17 IPC Snowboard World Cup: Overall winner - banked slalom, third - snowboard-cross women’s SB-LL2
- 2015-16 IPC Snowboard World Cup: Overall second - women's SB-LL2
Lisa Bunschoten began snowboarding at 14 years old and has become one of the top riders in the women’s SB-LL2 category.
2016-17 was her best season yet, finishing the World Cup season at the top of the rankings in the banked slalom and second in snowboard-cross. She also enjoyed a career-best performance at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships in Big White, Canada, capturing double silver behind compatriot and multiple world and Paralympic champion Bibian 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. But she has learned from that disappointment to become one of the most consistent performers in the sport.
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 IPC Snowboard 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, a journey that could end in Paralympic gold in 2018, if she can get the better of mentor Mentel-Spee.
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