Netherlands at the Paralympics

The Netherlands participated in the inaugural Paralympic Games in 1960 in Rome, where it sent a delegation of five athletes. The country has participated in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics. It made its Winter Paralympics début in 1984, and has taken part in every subsequent edition of the Games, except 2006. The Netherlands was the host country of the 1980 Summer Paralympics, in Arnhem.[1]

Netherlands at the
Paralympics
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
IPC codeNED
NPCNederlands Olympisch Comité *
Nederlandse Sport Federatie
Websiteparalympisch.nl (in Dutch)
Medals
Gold
307
Silver
272
Bronze
251
Total
830
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

Dutch athletes have won a total of 622 Paralympic medals, of which 239 gold, 208 silver and 175 bronze. 612 of these medals (including 237 of the gold) were won at the Summer Paralympics. This places the Netherlands ninth on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table - behind the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Germany, Austria and Poland.[2]

The Netherlands’ most successful Games, in terms of ranking, were the 1976 Summer Games in Toronto, when it finished second (behind the United States). Numerically, the country won most medals at the 1984 Summer Games in New York City and Stoke Mandeville: 135 medals, of which 55 gold. The Netherlands consistently ranked in the top ten until 1996, included. Since then, they have experienced something of a decline. The 2004 Games marked the first time since 1964 that the Dutch had failed to win at least ten gold medals; they won five, and ranked at an all-time low of 27th.[3]

Prior to 2014, Marjorie van de Bunt was the only Dutch athlete to have won medals at the Winter Paralympics. She won a gold in biathlon and three bronze in cross-country skiing in 1994, then a silver and a bronze in 1998, and a gold (in biathlon) and three silver (in cross-country skiing) in 2002. She has not competed again at the Paralympics since that date. The Netherlands were absent from the 2006 Games, and sent only a one-man delegation (Kees-Jan van der Klooster) to compete in alpine skiing in 2010; he did not win any medals. In 2014, flag-bearer Bibian Mentel took a gold medal in snowboarding.[4]

MedalsEdit

List of medalistsEdit

Summer ParalympicsEdit

Winter ParalympicsEdit

Medal Name Games Sport Event
  Gold Marjorie van de Bunt   1994 Lillehammer  Biathlon Women's 7.5 km Free Technique LW2-9
  Bronze Marjorie van de Bunt   1994 Lillehammer   Cross-country skiing Women's 10 km Classical Technique LW6/8/9
  Bronze Marjorie van de Bunt   1994 Lillehammer   Cross-country skiing Women's 5 km Classical Technique LW6/8/9
  Bronze Marjorie van de Bunt   1994 Lillehammer   Cross-country skiing Women's 5 km Free Technique LW6/8/9
  Silver Marjorie van de Bunt   1998 Nagano   Cross-country skiing Women's 5 km Free Technique LW2-9
  Bronze Marjorie van de Bunt   1998 Nagano   Biathlon Women's 7.5 km Free Technique LW2-4,6/8,9
  Gold Marjorie van de Bunt   2002 Salt Lake City   Biathlon Women's 7.5 km Free Technique standing
  Silver Marjorie van de Bunt   2002 Salt Lake City   Cross-country skiing Women's 10 km Free Technique standing
  Silver Marjorie van de Bunt   2002 Salt Lake City   Cross-country skiing Women's 15 km Free Technique standing
  Silver Marjorie van de Bunt   2002 Salt Lake City   Cross-country skiing Women's 5 km Classical Technique standing
  Gold Bibian Mentel   2014 Sochi   Snowboarding Women's snowboard cross (SB-LL2)
  Gold Bibian Mentel   2018 Pyeongchang   Snowboarding Women's snowboard cross (SB-LL2)
  Gold Jeroen Kampschreur   2018 Pyeongchang   Alpine skiing Men's super combined (sitting)
  Gold Bibian Mentel   2018 Pyeongchang   Snowboarding Women's banked slalom (SB-LL2)
  Silver Lisa Bunschoten   2018 Pyeongchang   Snowboarding Women's snowboard cross (SB-LL2)
  Silver Chris Vos   2018 Pyeongchang   Snowboarding Men's snowboard cross (SB-LL1)
  Silver Linda van Impelen   2018 Pyeongchang   Alpine skiing Women's giant slalom (sitting)
  Bronze Lisa Bunschoten   2018 Pyeongchang   Snowboarding Women's banked slalom (SB-LL2)
  Silver Jeroen Kampschreur   2022 Beijing   Alpine skiing Men's super combined (sitting)
  Silver Chris Vos   2022 Beijing   Snowboarding Men's banked slalom (SB-LL1)
  Silver Niels de Langen   2022 Beijing   Alpine skiing Men's slalom (sitting)
  Bronze Niels de Langen   2022 Beijing   Alpine skiing Men's super combined (sitting)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Netherlands at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee