Knegt reports on Van Ruijven’s loss: ‘It’s very unreal’

“You go on training camp with 21 athletes and you go home with 20. That’s incomprehensible. We’re gonna miss Lara for sure.”

“It’s very unreal. We’ve been in a rollercoaster for two weeks. The first bad message was very intense and very intense. Unconsciously you prepare for the worst. I now felt for myself what the team felt when I had to be picked up.”

Knegt praises the ‘close and strong team’. “We have supported each other where necessary. We all endured that well. Training was hard, but we’re all skaters. Lara would have wanted this.”