Former skater Paulien van Deutekom died at the age of 37. The 2008 world champion all-round has been suffering from lung cancer for quite some time.
Born in The Hague from 1998 to 2012 was active in skating sport. In 2008 she celebrated the greatest success of her career by becoming a world champion in all rounds in Berlin. She then stayed with Ireen Wüst, her teammate at TVM.
Van Deutekom was nominated that year for the title of Sportswoman of the Year, but saw the title go to cyclist Marianne Vos. However, she became a Skater of the Year.
Van Deutekom never managed to repeat the successes from 2008. She won the national titles in 2009 at 1,000 and 1,500 meters, but there was little to celebrate globally. In 2012 she ended her career abruptly.
Profile Paulien van Deutekom
- Born: February 4, 1981 in The Hague
- 2006: participation in the Olympic Games (13th 1,500 meters, 6th team pursuit
- 2007: gold World Cup team pursuit
- 2008: gold World Allround Championships, NK 1,000 meters and 1,500 meters, world champion team pursuit
- 2009: gold NK 1,000 meters and 1,500 meters
Van Deutekom came out on Play once
During her career, the late bloomer came out once at the Olympic Games. During the tournament in Turin in 2006 she became 13th in the 1,500 meters as regional rider and 6th in the pursuit team.
It won her a contract with TVM, where she achieved her greatest successes on the part of Wüst, Renate Groenewold and coach Gerard Kemkers. However, she was also overtrained and partly missed the 2010 Games.
After her career, Van Deutekom started working as an analyst at the NOS. She ceased her activities after it became known that she was suffering from lung cancer. She died on Wednesday at the age of 37.