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Ailing Van Ruijven critical

Dutch short-track speedskater Lara van Ruijven is in critical condition after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and is showing no signs of recovery, the Royal Dutch Skating Federation, or KNSB, said yesterday. The 27-year-old Olympic medalist was admitted to hospital in Perpignan, France, last week after falling ill during a training camp but her health has since deteriorated. The KNSB said Van Ruijven’s condition has not improved after undergoing surgery twice and she remains in intensive care. “Lara is currently fighting for her life,” Dutch short-track coach Jeroen Otter said in a statement. “With incredible perseverance she has won the world title on the ice, but this battle is many times tougher.” Van Ruijven won the 500 meters title at the world championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, last year, and an Olympic bronze medal in the 3,000 relay at 2018 Pyeongchang Games.


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