February 28, 1982 |
|Sport||Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing|
|Coached by||Werner Nauber|
Verena Bentele (born in Lindau on February 28, 1982) is a blind German Paralympic biathlete and cross-country skier. She won her first Paralympic medals (one gold, two silver, one bronze) at the 1998 Winter Paralympics, followed by four gold medals at the 2002 Winter Paralympics, as well as two gold and one bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Paralympics She was also winner of the Combined World Cup in Biathlon und Cross-Country in 2006.
During the 2009 German blind cross country championship, Bentele had a serious accident. Her sighted guide failed to give proper directions, so she fell down a slope in a dry river bed. She tore a cruciate ligament in her knee, and suffered finger and liver injuries, and damaged one kidney so badly that it had to be removed.
Verena has won the "Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability" award for the year 2011. Late in 2011, she announced her retirement at the age of 29.
- Verena Bentele home page, in German
- Total phänomenal: Tastsinn, 15 minute documentary clip on Verena, the sense of touch, and how she uses it to live as a blind person, in German
|Awards and achievements|
Natalie du Toit
|Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year