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Renske van Beek

Renske van Beek

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The Dutch snowboarder shined in her World Cup season debut in 2015-16, winning both the women’s snowboard-cross and the banked slalom SB-UL to finish first in the overall rankings.

The 27-year-old took up the sport in 2015, inspired by compatriot and Paralympic gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee.

Van Beek took up snowboard at the age of 10 after a stroke left the left side of her body paralysed, hoping to snowboard as fast as her brothers and sister.

At the start of 2016-17 season Beek was reclassified to the women's SB-LL2 where she will face the likes of Paralympic champion and double Worlds gold medallist Bibian Mentel-Spee.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2

Further personal information

Residence
The Hague, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began snowboarding after recovering from the stroke she had in 2010. Her first experience was in Austria, and she later developed her skills on an indoor ski slope.
Why this sport?
She used to ski prior to her stroke and wanted to take up another snow sport. She loved extreme sports and snowboarding was her favourite. "I couldn't ski properly anymore after the stroke and I always thought snowboarding was cooler."
Name of coach
Frank Germann [national], NED; Bell Berghuis [national], SUI
Training Regime
During the year she does strength, conditioning and balance training at Live PT in Wassenaar, Netherlands. Her snowboard training takes place in the Alps.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Netherlands

General interest

Hobbies
Walking in the mountains, surfing, longboarding, spending time with family and friends, golf. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2018; paralympic.org, 20 Dec 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing on the podium at a World Cup event in Trentino, Italy. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Most influential person in career
Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)
Hero / Idol
US surfer Bethany Hamilton, Dutch Para snowboarder Bibian Mentel, US snowboarder Kevin Pearce. (paralympic.org, 04 Jul 2016)
Injuries
At age 15 she injured the ligaments in her left knee after she was involved in a car accident. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2018)
Impairment
Her left arm and left leg are paralysed due to a stroke in 2010. (Athlete, 30 Jun 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
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 4
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 4
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 4
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 5
Women's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 4