THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — World champion short-track speed skater Lara van Ruijven died on Friday as a result of complications from an autoimmune reaction, the Netherlands skating association said. Van Ruijven was 27.
She died in a hospital in the French city of Perpignan, where she had been in a critical condition for days.
She last year became the first Dutch short-track skater to win a world title when she won the 500-meter title in Sofia, Bulgaria.
“What terrible news we’ve just received. The loss will be felt in the sport world,” national coach Jeroen Otter said.