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Avalon Aardoom


SportShort Track
Born16 Oct 1997 in Dordrecht 
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationTeaching - Friesland College: Oosterwolde, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 44.613 16 Sep 2018 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:29.893 04 Nov 2018 Calgary  
    1500m 2:20.248 27 Jan 2017 Innsbruck  
    3000m 5:29.003 08 Jan 2017 Amsterdam  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My aunt went to the Olympic Winter Games in short track. My mother did it too, so it was obvious that I was going to do it as well."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age eight in The Hague, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe puts her right skate on before her left skate. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
NicknamesAv (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesA concussion ruled her out of the 2019 World Cup events in Dresden, Germany, and Turin, Italy. (, 21 Jan 2019)  
Most influential person in careerHer family. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolKorean short track skater Choi Min-Jeong. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Quitting is not an option." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
In March 2020 she announced her retirement from competitive short track due to a heart defect. She had undergone heart surgery in 2014, having been born with supraventricular tachycardias. The condition would make her heart beat much faster than normal, and affected her training and development as an athlete. "Of course I would prefer to keep competing in short track, but it just doesn't work for me anymore. I am terribly disappointed because my Olympic dream has fallen apart." (, 03 Mar 2020; Athlete, 13 Nov 2018;, 09 May 2018;, 29 Jan 2016)
HobbiesDrawing, painting, baking. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementFinishing in second place in the overall competition at the 2018 Dutch Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (, 09 May 2018)  
Famous relativesHer aunt Priscilla Ernst represented the Netherlands in short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 1992 and 1994. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 06 Feb 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2015/2016 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay12  
    2016/2017 World Junior Championships Overall23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 2000m Relay2  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1000m7  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m15  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m22  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m24  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m25  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m27  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m30  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m31  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m33  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 1500m35  
    2018/2019 Almaty 1500m37  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m58  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m61  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m99