Lara van Ruijven Wiki – Lara van Ruijven Biography
Lara van Ruijven, a world champion short track skater from the Netherlands, died on Friday after complications from autoimmune disorders, according to the Dutch Olympic Committee and a branch of the Dutch ice skating federation.
Lara van Ruijven Age
She was 27 years old.
Lara van Ruijven Career
Van Ruijven is the world champion that reigns at 500 meters. He won the bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympics as part of the 3000m relay.
In the Worlds of 2019, van Ruijven ruled 500 meters almost from start to finish. Italian Martina Valcepina caught her and contacted van Ruijven as she crossed the finish line. This caused Van Ruijven to fall as Valcepina came out with her half-skate blade. Upon video review, Valcepina was disqualified for an arm block two minutes later.
Van Ruijven was the first Dutch woman to win the world short track championship (3000m super final does not count).
“My dream has come true and I cannot believe it, I have to cry,” said Van Ruijven, according to the International Skating Association.
In 2018, van Ruijven was part of a quartet who won the B final in a world record breaking time, tanning the Olympic flag. Two of the four teams in the A final were disqualified and allowed the Dutch to take the podium.
Rust zacht lieve Lara❤️. De doorzetter, met je onvergetelijke lach en je lieve zorgzame karakter. Ik ga je ontzetten missen… voor altijd in mijn hart❤️ pic.twitter.com/aATnp43jfo
— Jorien ter Mors (@jorientermors) July 10, 2020
Lara van Ruijven Death & Cause
Van Ruijven was hospitalized on June 25 after becoming ill in a training camp in the French Pyrenees. Since June 29, she has been in an intensive care unit where she is in a coma. According to Dutch press releases, he experienced internal bleeding, including his brain, and underwent multiple surgeries.
According to the Associated Press translation, Dutch ice skating director Herman de Haan said, “It is incomprehensible that he was taken from us at the beginning of his life.”