Short track star Lara van Ruijven was admitted seriously ill during a training camp in the intensive care unit of a hospital in France. Her condition seems stable, but is critical, skating association KNSB reports Monday.
The 27-year-old Van Ruijven and the Dutch short track team were on a high stage in Font Romeu. Due to health complaints, she was admitted to a hospital in Perpignan late last week, where she has been cared for ever since.
"Her condition now seems stable, but it is still critical," said short track union coach Jeroen Otter. He has been in hospital with Van Ruijven since Monday morning.
Van Ruijven has been part of the Dutch selection for years and was initially especially successful on the relay. On the squad, she captured Olympic bronze and silver at the World Cup two years ago, after having won the European title two years earlier.
Last year, however, she made history individually by becoming the first Dutch woman to win a world title in the short track. In Sofia, Bulgaria, she was the best in the 500 meters.