Short-track star Suzanne Schulting passed away due to sinusitis at the Dutch Open in Thielf. In that tournament, the World Cup qualifiers. The 25-year-old Frisian, who won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics earlier this year, is likely to compete in the World Cup despite her absence.
Schulting already got a lot of points during testing at Heerenveen last week. The Dutch Open, which also features short track speed skaters from other countries, is the second qualifying moment for short track speed skaters.
The first two World Cups, in Montreal (October 28-30) and Salt Lake City (November 4-6), were chosen based on performances in trials and at the Dutch Open. The selection committee of the KNSB Ski Association can also use the so-called pointer at any distance. If Schulting is fit, she will go to North America.
The World Cup consists of six matches. In December, the short-track riders will be in business for two consecutive weeks in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In February, there is the World Cup finals in Dresden and Dordrecht within the programme.
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