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BENTELE Verena
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para-Cycling
NPC Germany   
GenderWomen
Age40
Place of BirthLindau, FRG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B1
Further Personal Information
Languages
German, English
Higher education
Linguistics, Literature - Ludwig-Maximilian University: Munich, GER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Nordic skiing at age 11.
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Vroni (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Hobbies
Running, cycling, horse riding, reading, watching movies, theatre. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Injuries
She suffered serious injuries in an accident at the 2009 German Championships. Her guide gave her the wrong directions and she fell into a ditch and injured her knee, fingers and suffered injuries to her liver and kidney. (sport1.de, 14 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do things you like and you will do them well." (utopia.de, 09 Jun 2010)
Awards and honours
She was named the Female Athlete of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] in December 2011. (paralympic.org, 12 Dec 2011)

In February 2011 she was named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability. (laureus.com, 07 Feb 2011)

In 2010 she was decorated with the Bambi Award, a German media prize. (sport.t-online.de, 11 Nov 2010)

In 2010 she was named an Honoured Citizen of her hometown Tettnang, Germany. (stuttgarter-zeitung.de, 25 Mar 2010)

She was named the 2006 Sportsperson of the Year by the German Disabled Sports Association. (foerderkreis-heimatkunde.de, 20 Feb 2011)
Famous relatives
Her brother Michael has also competed at the Paralympic Winter Games in cross-country skiing and biathlon. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from skiing in November 2011. (paralympic.org, 11 Nov 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
8 2011 Tandem B - Time Trial 44:46
18 2011 Tandem B - Road Race 2:15:39
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 7.5km Individual B1 38:20.1
1 2002 7.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 26:05.5
1 2006 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 31:54.9
3 2006 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 51:14.7
1 2010 3km Pursuit - Visually Impaired 11:06.1
1 2010 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 48:10.9
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 1998 5km Classic Style B1 21:33.5
2 1998 5km Freestyle B1 20:35.9
3 1998 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 37:23.6
1 2002 5km Classic Style B1 18:15.1
1 2002 10km Freestyle B1-2 35:14.1
1 2002 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 58:28.7
1 2006 5km - Visually Impaired 16:54.3
4 2006 10km - Visually Impaired 38:53.3
5 2006 15km - Visually Impaired 1:02:36.8
1 2010 15km Freestyle - Visually Impaired 53:09.5
1 2010 5km Classic Style - Visually Impaired 17:24.6
1 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Visually Impaired  
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired 1:05:35.7
1 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 35:29.8
1 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Visually Impaired 33:23.6
  2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Visually Impaired  DSQ
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002/2003 5km - Visually Impaired 17:35.3
4 2002/2003 10km - Visually Impaired 39:40.0
3 2002/2003 15km - Visually Impaired 59:48.1
3 2004/2005 10km - Visually Impaired 33:46.9
4 2004/2005 5km - Visually Impaired 17:25.5
3 2004/2005 15km - Visually Impaired 49:16.7