Rick van der Ven

Rick van der Ven

Rick van der Ven

Career Highlights

  • 4th place at the London Olympics
  • 2 time individual European Champion

World Ranking:

7th currently. Best was 6th

Years in Archery & on USAT

14 years in archery 

How you got your start in archery

We had a rule at home that you first needed to learn to swim before you can do other sports.  After passing every possible exam for my age, I wanted to go Scuba Diving but that was only allowed for 13 year olds, and I still had 5 years until then.  I went looking for something to do until I turned 13.  Thats when I went to the archery club with my niece and nephew.  After seeing the sport of archery, I though that would be something I could do for the next 5 years.  Eventually, I became better and better and was soon addicted to the sport.  I never looked back to swimming.

Mentor/Inspiration in archery

I learned a whole lot from Wietse van Alten when he was my coach a few years ago.


Easton, Hoyt, Axcel/TruBall, Fuse, Beiter, Silverside_NL, Spigarelli, Europe archery, JVD Distribution

Favorite place to shoot/compete

I don't really have a favorite place, but I really like to go to the Ogden World Cup when it was held there.

Breakthrough moment in archery

Probably would be my 4th place in London and my European Champion title that really started everything on senior level.

Best shot ever made

Probably the moment when I nailed the X-spot camera on the Olympic games and it destroyed my arrow and the entire camera.

Birthday and place/where are you based now?

April 14, 1991 in Oss, Netherlands.  Now I'm living at the National Training Center at Papendal the Netherlands.

What Easton means to you

The assurance that it won't be my arrows that will let me down in competition

When I’m not shooting, you can find me

Watching a movie, fiddling around with my archery gear, or fiddling around with my airsoft stuff.

Favorite food

I really like Asian food, but I like almost every meal that contains meat.  When we have a really good competition, we eat ice cream at McDonald's or something  like that because most of the time it's pretty late and we still have to travel home.

When I’m on the shooting line

The arrow vale of the opponent and what I have to shoot to win is going through my head.

Tip for the average archery

Shoot at your best and let your opponent make the mistakes and take advantage of that because he will probably be just as nervous or worse than you are at that moment.

Favorite style of music and what’s on your playlist right now

Depends on the mood.  I've got some Hardstyle, House and hardcore music on my playlist but also a whole lot of rock.  (Nickleback and such)/some old school rock like ACDC, ZZ Top etc)

Favorite movie

Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down

Favorite book

Game of Thrones or Inside Combat Rescue

Favorite sports team

I don't really have one

Pets and family

We have 2 dogs, a rabbit, a hamster at home and a whole lot of fish in the pond in the garden. 
My girlfriend's name is Inge.

If you could have “coffee” with anyone in history, who would it be?

I know it's not that long ago, but I think Park Kyung-MO and Park Sung Hyung because of their great achievement in their archery career.

Philosophy of life/motto

believe in your self and you can achieve great things