Rick van der Ven (born 14 April 1991 in Oss, Netherlands) is a Dutch archer who started at the age of 8.
In 2009 at the World Junior Championship in Ogden (USA) Rick was the runner-up with a Silver medal. In 2011 at the WJC in Legnica (Polen) he won Silver with the Mixed Team, Bronze with the Team and Individually he got 4th. In May 2012 in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Van der Ven became European champion Outdoor, both individually as well as with the Dutch team. In February 2013, in Rzeszow (Polen), Van der Ven became also European Champion Indoor, again individually as well as with the Dutch team.
Van der Ven competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in men's individual archery. He was coached by Wietse van Alten, winner of the bronze medal in Sydney 2000. In an upset victory, he convincingly beat top-seed and world-record holder Im Dong-hyun 7-1 in the round of 16. After beating Kuo Cheng-Wei 6-0 in the quarterfinals, he came to a 5-5 draw in the semi-finals against Takaharu Furukawa, shooting 141 versus Furukawa’s 140. In the following shoot-off he shot a 9 while Furukawa shot a 10, relegating him to a bronze medal match against Dai Xiaoxiang. Here Van der Ven again came to a 5-5 draw, scoring 2 points more than his opponent, but lost again in the first shoot-off, thereby finishing in 4th position. Since 2009 Rick van der Ven is training at The Olympic Sportcentre in Papendal and is studying Engineering Mechanics in Arnhem.