Lara van Ruijven

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Lara van Ruijven
Short track speed skating training 17 February, 2014 Winter Olympics(7).JPG
Van Ruijven at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
NationalityDutch
Born(1992-12-28)28 December 1992
Naaldwijk, Netherlands
Died10 July 2020(2020-07-10) (aged 27)
Perpignan, France
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Sport
Country Netherlands
SportShort track speed skating
Event(s)500 m
ClubHVHW
World Cup wins10[1]
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking24 (500m)
Personal best(s)500 m: 42.453 (2019)
1000 m: 1:28.006 (2018)
1500 m: 2:23.588 (2018)
3000 m: 5:14.025 (2015)

Lara Victoria van Ruijven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlaːraː vɑn ˈrœyvən]; 28 December 1992 – 10 July 2020) was a Dutch short track speed skater. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was part of the Dutch 3000 metres relay team that won a bronze medal. She won gold at the World Championships one year later. By doing so, she became the first Dutch woman to win a world short track title at an individual event.

Early life[edit]

Lara Victoria van Ruijven was born in Naaldwijk (near The Hague) on 28 December 1992. She began racing short track when she was six, and her childhood idol was Evgenia Radanova. She studied law at the Open University of the Netherlands and resided in Heerenveen. In addition to her native Dutch, she also spoke English and French.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Van Ruijven first competed as a member of the Dutch Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In the 500 metres she was third in her heat, failing to advance, and placing 17th overall. As a member of the Dutch 3000 metre relay team, she was disqualified in the heats, again not advancing.[3][4] Throughout that year, she had problems with her knee that compelled her to change her training routine. Three years later, in September 2017, she dislocated her shoulder.[1]

She breakthrough year came in 2018, when she earned her first Olympic medal at that year's Winter Games, as part of the Dutch team that finished third in the 3000 metre relay.[1][5] Several weeks later, she secured her first medal at the World Championships, when her team finished runner-up in the 3000 metre relay.[1]

At the 2019 World Championships, Van Ruijven won a gold medal in the 500 metres (1,600 ft) event and was in the lead for almost the entirety of the race.[5] However, the Dutch team were unable to improve on their result in the 3000 metre relay from the previous year and dropped to fourth place.[1] By securing gold, she became the first Dutch woman to win a world short track title at an individual event.[5] Van Ruijven finished fourth overall in terms of total points won at the championships.[1]

Illness and death[edit]

Van Ruijven was hospitalized on 25 June 2020, after falling ill during a stay at a training camp near Font-Romeu-Odeillo-Via.[6][7] Four days later, she was transferred to an intensive care unit due to an autoimmune disease.[5] She was subsequently placed in a coma and underwent multiple surgeries,[5] but her condition did not improve.[8] She died on 10 July 2020 at a hospital in Perpignan, France; she was 27 years old.[9][10]

Achievements[edit]

World Cup victories[edit]

Source:[1]

Date Season Location Rank Event
10 February 2013 2012–13 Dresden 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay
5 February 2017 2016–17 Dresden 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay
19 November 2017 2017–18 Seoul 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay
4 November 2018 2018–19 Calgary 1st place, gold medalist(s) 500m
9 December 2018 2018–19 Almaty 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay
10 February 2019 2018–19 Turin 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay
7 December 2019 2019–20 Shanghai 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2000m relay
9 February 2020 2019–20 Dresden 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay
15 February 2020 2019–20 Dordrecht 1st place, gold medalist(s) 500m
16 February 2020 2019–20 Dordrecht 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3000 m relay

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "ISU Biography". International Skating Union. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Lara van Ruijven – Short Track – Netherlands". Sochi 2014 Olympics. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Sports Reference Profile". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Sochi2014.com profile". 19 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Lara van Ruijven, short track speed skating world champion, dies at 27". NBC Sports. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Shorttrackster Van Ruijven op intensive care met stoornis aan immuunsysteem". nos.nl.
  7. ^ "Toestand Van Ruijven verslechtert: 'Ze vecht voor haar leven'". Telegraaf. 1 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Speed Skating: World champion Van Ruijven critical condition after falling ill in France". Reuters. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Dutch short-track world champion Van Ruijven dies at age 27". Associated Press. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Shorttrackster Lara van Ruijven (27) overleden". NOS. 10 July 2020.

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