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The American skating federation also passes on its condolences to the relatives of Lara van Ruijven.

Taken too soon 🧡 Rest in peace, Lara. Strength Strength to Lara's family and her team during this difficult time. ⁠

AvatarAuthorUS SpeedskatingMoment of places22: 13 - 10 July 2020

Death of Lara van Ruijven 11 minutes ago

Dear Lara, I will miss you unbelievably. For 10 years we traveled all over the world together, we shared successes, but also disappointments. You were always the cheerful and positive person in our team. I will never forget you Rest in peace Lara, you are forever in our hearts ❤

AvatarAvatar Author Sjinkie KnegtMoment of places22: 08 - 10 July 2020

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The Dutch short track players, with Van Ruijven in the middle, go crazy after conquering Olympic bronze in Pyeongchang.

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"We sympathized with Lara, her family and the short track team," said Herman de Haan, director of the Dutch skating association KNSB. "That she is suddenly snatched from us in the prime of her life is beyond comprehension. On behalf of the KNSB I wish Lara's friend, family and loved ones a lot of strength in coping with this immense loss."

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Van Ruijven applauds after it has become clear that she has won the World Cup race over 500 meters in Dordrecht. Right winner of the silver Yara van Kerkhof.

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Death of Lara van Ruijven one hour ago

Rest in peace dear Lara❤️. The go-getter, with your unforgettable smile and your sweet caring character. I'm going to miss you to my heart ... forever in my heart❤️

AvatarAvatar Author Jorien ter Mors Moment of Places 21: 19 - 10 July 2020

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Van Ruijven was the first Dutch short track star ever to become an individual world champion. On March 9, 2019, she claimed the world title in the 500 meters in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Although she came in second, but due to a penalty from the Italian Martina Valcepina, the gold went to Van Ruijven.

Death of Lara van Ruijven one hour ago

Last February, Van Ruijven stood on the highest step of the podium of the 500 meters at the World Cup competitions in Dordrecht. She was flanked by compatriot Yara van Kerkhoff (silver) and the Polish Kamila Stormowska (bronze).

Death of Lara van Ruijven one hour ago

"It is almost impossible to understand what happened to Lara van Ruijven and her relatives these days," said Maurits Hendriks, technical director of sports dome NOC * NSF. "I got to know her as a successful and fully alive young top athlete and a welcome colleague within the large group of athletes and supervisors of TeamNL. The grief and dismay among her loved ones and everyone who knew her is great. We wish them much strength in coping with this incomprehensible loss. Let's hold tight and support each other and Lara's environment during this difficult time. "

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Lara van Ruijven (second from right) with the pursuit team who won Olympic bronze in the pursuit in Pyeongchang. Also (from left to right) Suzanne Schulting, Yara Van Kerkhof, and Jorien ter Mors.

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Rest in peace sweet tough beautiful Lara. I we everyone can not do without you and yet we have to let you go. Your panther heart will be in our hearts forever. You are a champion forever.

AvatarAvatar Author Daan Breeuwsma Moment of places 20: 47 - 10 July 2020

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Rest in peace dear Lara❤ You once said to me, in the heat box, before the start of my European Championship relay final debut, that it would be okay .. I said this to you 2 weeks ago. But it didn't work out .. I'm going to miss you so dear Laar. I love you❤❤

AvatarAvatar Author Suzanne Schulting Time of places 20: 38 - 10 July 2020

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Read our profile about Lara van Ruijven here.

Death of Lara van Ruijven 2 hours ago

"What a terrible message we just received. The loss will be felt in the sports world," said national coach Jeroen Otter in a first reaction. "It is a huge blow to this close-knit team. We have been missing her from our team for two weeks. But today's news is so final and surreal. Terrible."

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Van Ruijven was the reigning world champion in the 500 meters, a title she captured in Sofia last year. At the Pyeongchang Olympic Games in 2018, she took bronze with the Dutch team in the 3,000 meter relay.

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Some members of the national short track team, with whom Van Ruijven stayed in Font Romeu, said goodbye to their teammate in the hospital. The training camp in the Pyrenees would last until next weekend, after which a short holiday was already planned. It is not yet known when drivers and staff will return to the Netherlands.

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Since June 29, Van Ruijven's condition has been critical. Despite some surgeries, there has been no improvement in recent days and new complications have emerged that initially appeared to be under the control of physicians. "This morning, however, came the bad news that healing was out of the question," the KNSB said in a press release. "At the beginning of the evening, Lara died in front of her loved ones."

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Short track star Lara van Ruijven (27) passed away
Short track star Lara van Ruijven passed away tonight at the age of 27, reports skating association KNSB. She was in the ICU department of Perpignan hospital since June 29, where she was kept in an artificial coma after being admitted with health problems. In the hospital, an autoimmune reaction led to serious complications.

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