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Lara van Ruijven

Short Track NED

Lara van Ruijven

Lara van Ruijven
  • Birth date 12/28/1992
  • Birthplace The Hague
  • Residence Heerenveen
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 132 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

  • Residence
  • Heerenveen, NED
  • Club / Team
  • HardrijVereniging Den Haag-Westland [HVHW]: Netherlands
  • Higher education
  • Law - Open University VWO at the Talent Academy North: Netherlands
  • Injuries
  • In September 2017 she suffered a dislocated shoulder. (schaatsen.nl, 11 Sep 2017)

    She had knee problems during 2014 that forced her to alter her training schedule. (schaatsen.nl, 12 Nov 2014)
  • Memorable sporting achievement
  • Finishing third in the 500m at the 2015/16 World Cup event in Dresden, Germany. (schaatsen.nl, 09 Dec 2016)
  • Why this sport?
  • She had already tried speed skating and was encouraged to try short track by her friend Adwin Snellink.
  • Most influential person in career
  • Her family. (schaatsen.nl, 09 Dec 2016)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Bulgarian short track skater Evgenia Radanova. (laravanruijven.nl, 05 Mar 2012)
  • Ambitions
  • To win two gold medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (schaatsen.nl, 09 Dec 2016)
  • Name of coach
  • Jeroen Otter [national], NED
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She first tried short track at age six in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete, Student
  • Languages
  • Dutch, English, French
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "I enjoy it when I'm totally relaxed skating. There is nothing finer than good and easy turning through the corners." (schaatsen.nl, 09 Dec 2016)
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