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Reinis Berzins

Latvia

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTLAT11007200101
NOCLatvia
Born10 Jul 2001 in Riga 
GenderMen
ResidenceOzolnieki, LAT
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish, Latvian
Higher educationBusiness Administration - Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration: Latvia
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.650 21 Oct 2021 Beijing  
    1000m 1:21.891 13 Oct 2018 Heerenveen  
    1500m 2:14.714 09 Feb 2022 Beijing  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/reinis.berzins.31  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachEvita Krievane, LAT; Niels Kerstholt, NED  
Training RegimeDuring 2020 and 2021, he spent time training in Utrecht, Netherlands. "In short track the Netherlands is definitely in the top three in Europe and will think about medals at the Olympic Games. I like the way the Netherlands has set up their short track and speed skating system."  
Reason for choosing this sportHe was interested in playing ice hockey, but initially trained with figure skaters before almost quitting after the local ice rink failed to start an ice hockey team. He was encouraged to return the following week, when he met short track coach and Latvian international Evita Krievane. "We started with two training sessions a week, one ice session with ice hockey skates and one physical training. Some time later, Evita asked us to research short track, so the first two years I didn't really understand much about what I was doing. Evita took me one summer, when I was 12, to Salt Lake City in the United States to train for two months while she was trying to prepare for the 2014 Olympic Games. I was able to join the club at the Utah Oval. I was the youngest and weakest guy there but I improved a lot during that period."  
Club / TeamKrievanes Skating School: Ozolnieki, LAT  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began the sport in 2010 in Ozolnieki, Latvia. "When I was around 10 or 11 years old, I went to my first Danubia Series [competing as a junior international]. I got some bad quality blades but at least I got a feeling for what short track is, so I just continued without a really big goal."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Evita Krievane. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2017)  
Hero / IdolRussian short track skater Victor An. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2017)  
AmbitionsTo win medals at the Olympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting in the 1500m A final at the 2021 World Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2021)  
HobbiesVolleyball. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2021)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe goes to sleep at least one hour earlier than usual the night before a competition. He also uses breathing exercises before races to reduce stress and help him focus. (olympics.com, 04 Feb 2022)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018/2019 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2017/2018 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2020/2021 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1500m8  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1500m9  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1500m13  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m13  
    2021/2022 World Championships 500m15  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m15  
    2021/2022 World Championships 1000m16  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1000m19  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m19  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall19  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m21  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m25  
    2020/2021 World Championships 1000m25  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1000m25  
    2020/2021 World Championships Overall25  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m25  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall27  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 500m28  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m28  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m31  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m34  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m36  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall38  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall40  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m43  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall43  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1500m44  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 Dresden 5000m Relay11  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 5000m Relay13  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m24  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m26  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 1000m26  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m28  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m28  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m40  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 500m41  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m44  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m46  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m52  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m76  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m86  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m86  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m87  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m110