9 months of cancer treatment, 2 operations do not stop German snowboarder from winning gold medal
Following nine months of cancer treatment, two operations and three weeks of training, snowboarder Bibian Mentel-Spee won the gold medal during the Winter Paralympics.
The 45-year old German athlete won the snowboard cross on Monday – 10 weeks after an operation in her spine due to cancer.
During last summer, Mentel-Spee underwent 48 radiation therapies which, together with cancer, left bad effects on her and needed an operation as doctors told her she risked being paralyzed if she fractures her neck. She went through two operations before Christmas and after the New Year, with doctors telling her she no longer risked damages to her neck and could return to her favourite sport.
In 2014, Mentel-Spee became the first woman to win a gold medal in snowboard cross and continued to dominate the event with four world titles in two championships in 2015 and 2017.