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Column My Paralympics : A dream in White

Is there anything more glorious? Finally, changes in real deep snow on the way to the slopes in the Dachstein mountains, so beautiful to sink into. Often, our one already next door in Obertauern Snowboard, alone, this Winter the due to the week-long extreme snow falls was, at least temporarily, impossible. Not so in Schladming, on the legendary Planai, so down the line sit in the really steep down to the leading case, and the rhythmic snowboard dance – where the exception of the driver's Marcel Hirscher on two legs just the night race has won.

Marlene Verbeek has only one complete leg, but you can also swing nicely, thanks to prosthesis, and is filming even via selfie stick. The Video on your Social Media platform shows your first day snowboarding in the mountains for a long time, after a long Practice in the hall, unfortunately, with pain on the leg stump. Nevertheless, they fought back, thanks to the training.

the prosthesis's long-everything

The 38-year-old Verbeek had received at the age of 13 years, the diagnosis of Bacterial Meningitis. She almost lost her life, was eight months in the hospital. With more than 30 operations, three months in intensive care, five litres of new blood, countless scars, and various medical professionals at the bedside. In the year of 2016, then they took, after all of the years assigned to fight against the pain, the decision: The left leg comes off. With the prosthesis, everything is long since gone: walking, running, dancing and snowboarding. So, she's the star of the new advertising film, "In the long run" of a large German car brand. This will inform on a daily level-a request that the named disabled sportswoman is in the movie, this wife, mother of two boys, she comes from the Netherlands and has lived for more than twelve years in Madrid.

While all the other key people in the advertising film will be called, as the filmmaker Niclas Larsson, the Oscar-winner Linus Sandgren as a camera man and Michael Kiwanuka as an interpreter of the title song, after the main protagonist Verbeek in vain. Here, the rotation for the Athlete was "an incredible experience, I have flipped the Negative in life to Positive". Her leg and the scars were exactly the miles have been the reason that she was cast for the Spot: "For all of those that make You stronger."

Overall, the A-Team was pleased with 13 medals

a disabled athlete, light, but still not prominent enough to stand in the spotlight. Also, the German Paralympic team has retracted back successes. Five medals, the German Team on August 31. In January, the final day of the Alpine Para-Ski world Cup in Sella Nevea, Italy, won. In the various classes of the Super combined, Anna Schaffelhuber and Andrea Rothfuss, the silver and Anna-Lena Forster Bronze won, after Schaffelhuber and Rothfuss had brought in the morning, already a Gold and a silver in the Super-G. Overall, the A-Team was over 13 medals at the world Championships, including three Gold, seven silver and three Bronze.

On my Piste in Schladming-the ski instructor Monika Felsinger enthused by their experiences with skiers with disabilities. You go blind, one-legged, in a cold seat, in case of minus degrees with over a hundred things on the icy slope. And you live your life, your dream.

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Para Ski world Championships silver and Bronze for Schaffelhuber and Forster

Annette Kögel is the co-founder of the Paralympics newspaper of the daily mirror, and writes here every first Wednesday of the month.

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