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21 Dec 1981
39
Female
RIGA
 
Latvia
BALLINCOLLIG
 
Ireland

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ROW Rowing Women's Single Sculls DNS

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished
Sea Forest Waterway
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocation1x
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA13
2012London, GBR13

World Championships
YearLocation1x2x
2019Linz, AUT1-
2018Plovdiv, BUL1-
2017Sarasota, FL, USA4-
2015Aiguebelette-le-Lac, FRA11-
2014Amsterdam, NED4-
2011Bled, SLO-12

European Championships
YearLocation1x
2020Poznan, POL1
2019Lucerne, SUI1

World Cup
RankEventYearLocationResult
2Single Sculls2018Lucerne, SUI7:39.17
2Single Sculls2018Belgrade, SRB7:25.30
3Single Sculls2021Lucerne, SUI7:30.02
5Single Sculls2017Belgrade, SRB7:36.20
7Single Sculls2017Poznan, POL7:28.79
9Single Sculls2017Lucerne, SUI7:42.23


Legend
DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, EXC - Excluded
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Watching television. (irishexaminer.com, 26 Oct 2018)
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Athlete
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Sports Science - Setanta College, Ireland
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Husband Kaspars, son Patrick, daughter Daniela
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English, Latvian, Russian
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Old Collegians Boat Club [Ireland]
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She missed the 2017 European Championships in Racice, Czech Republic, after she became ill. (the42.ie, 26 Dec 2018)
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She began rowing at age 15 in Jurmala, Latvia. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2012)
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She initially took up rowing to try something new, but gave up the sport when she got married and moved to Ireland. Visiting Dublin Zoo with her family, they got lost and ended up in Islandbridge on the River Liffey where there were several rowing clubs. Her husband encouraged her to return to the sport. "He was the one pushing me out the door to go back rowing. I took it up at first just for a little bit of peace on the water and to lose weight after having the kids, but soon it became a bit more serious." (marywhiteblogging.wordpress.com, 13 Jul 2016; the42.ie, 08 Aug 2015; Athlete, 12 Jul 2012)
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To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tokyo2020.org, 29 Jan 2021)
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Winning gold in the women's single sculls event at the world championships in 2018 and 2019. (rowingireland.ie, 05 Mar 2020; irishtimes.com, 01 Sep 2019; Row360 YouTube channel, 20 Sep 2018)
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Her sister. (the42.ie, 26 Dec 2018)
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"As long as you believe you will be there, you will be." (Setanta College YouTube channel, 13 Dec 2018)
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She was named the 2020 Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year. (tokyo2020.org, 29 Jan 2021)

She was named Cork [Ireland] Person of the Year for 2020. (tokyo2020.org, 29 Jan 2021)

She was named Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year for 2019. (the42.ie, 20 Dec 2019)

In July 2016 she received an outstanding achievement award from the Evening Echo newspaper in Cork, Ireland. (eveningecho.ie, 14 Jul 2016)

General Interest

General
FROM LATVIA TO IRELAND
She represented Latvia in rowing at junior international level. She moved to Ireland in 2006 after her husband got a job at Dublin Airport. She returned to rowing in 2010 after a six-year break and in 2011 she obtained Irish citizenship. "It [returning to rowing] was just to have a break on the water from children and all that. Having some time to myself, and trying to lose a bit of weight and so on. But it took over very quickly. I remember during the summer already thinking, 'Just get an Irish passport, you could go to the Olympics.' It was kind of like a dreamy idea but it became reality after all." (row-360.com, 17 Jun 2020; Athlete, 12 Jul 2012; oldcollegians.ie, 06 Jun 2012; irishtimes.com, 23 May 2012)

MOTIVATION
Her father-in-law passed away in 2017, while her sister Inese was found to have cancer in the same year. She was still able to win a gold medal at the 2018 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. "I had countless [training] sessions where I was thinking about my sister when she was diagnosed. She had a real battle on her hands, so I couldn't feel sorry for myself. I used [that motivation] a lot of times when I thought, 'That's it, I can't do any work'. She did give me strength, which is kind of funny, because how do you get strength from a situation like that? I don't know. You just turn things around, I suppose." (the42.ie, 26 Dec 2018)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
DNS:
Did not start
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