The 27-year-old short track star died Friday night in a hospital in Perpignan from complications of an autoimmune reaction.
The three of them were allowed to say goodbye to Van Ruijven after her death. “Very nice that you can hold her hand for a while. That you can say how much you love her and that you are going to miss her. Then you realize that you will never get her back”, according to a crying Schulting.
But there’s also room for a smile. “Laar was always very cheerful and positive”, says De Vries. “She always whistled, and always the same tune. At one point you think: whistle something else. She was always so sweet.”