Germany’s Top Winter Athlete Bentele Announces Retirement01.01.1970
After winning 16 medals at the Paralympic Winter Games, Verena Bentele is calling it quits.
Germany’s Verena Bentele, a visually impaired 16-time Paralympic Winter Games medallist, announced her retirement on Monday (7 November).
Bentele, 29, took home five medals at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, just a year after seriously injuring her knee, fingers, liver and kidney at the German Championships.
Bentele won the 2011 Laureus World Sportsperson of the year with a Disability Award has been named one of the five finalists for the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Best Female Athlete this year. That award winner will be announced during a special ceremony held in conjunction with the 2011 IPC General Assembly in Beijing, China, in December.