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Livio Wenger

Switzerland

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSSUI12001199301
NOCSwitzerland
Born20 Jan 1993 in  Kriens
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Dalia Soberanis
ResidenceGeisingen, GER
OccupationArmed Forces Athlete
LanguagesEnglish, German
Higher educationBusiness - FREI'S Talent School: Lucerne, SUI
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.52 02 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1000m 1:09.79 02 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:44.09 16 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:14.51 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    10000m 13:37.80 11 Dec 2016 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    Team Sprint     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.liviowenger.ch/  
www.facebook.com/liviow93/  
twitter.com/LivioWenger  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried roller speed skating at age four in Switzerland, and began speed skating in 2012.  
Reason for choosing this sportHe wanted to compete at the Olympic Winter Games. "I come from a very sport orientated family. My parents and two older siblings were cross-country skiers, so I came into roller speed skating through them. My father Ruedi and his friend Hans Bertschi got me interested in the sport from an early age. But like many roller speed skaters, it's a dream to compete at the Olympics."  
Name of coachKalon Dobbin [national], NZL  
Club / TeamEislauf-Club Zurich: Switzerland  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe suffered an adductor muscle injury in 2012. (basellandschaftlichezeitung.ch, 07 Jan 2014)

He sustained an Achilles injury when he was competing in roller speed skating. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)
 
Other sportsHe has represented Switzerland in roller speed skating, and won silver in the 10,000m points elimination race at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Kalon Dobbin. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Hero / IdolSwiss tennis player Roger Federer, US basketball player LeBron James. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (liviowenger.ch, 15 Aug 20187)  
Awards and honoursHe was named the 2010 Best Junior Athlete of Central Switzerland. (luzernerzeitung.ch, 05 Sep 2011)  
Famous relativesHis sister Nadja Wenger has represented Switzerland in speed skating and roller speed skating. She placed fourth in the 15,000m elimination in roller speed skating at the 2018 World Championships in Heerde, Netherlands, and placed 17th in the mass start in speed skating at the 2020 World Single Distances Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. His partner Dalia Soberanis claimed two medals for Guatemala in roller speed skating at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Dec 2020; liviowenger.ch, 31 Aug 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in the 10,000m points elimination race while competing in roller speed skating at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never look back." (Athlete, 14 Nov 2019)  
MilestonesHe and teammates Christian Oberbichler and Oliver Grob became the first Swiss speed skaters to win a medal at the European championships, following their bronze in team sprint at the 2020 edition in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (surseerwoche.ch, 11 Jan 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Dec 2020)  
Other informationTEAM SPRINT DECISION
He admits he was hesitant about joining the Swiss sprint team ahead of the 2019/20 season because he wanted to focus his attention on longer distance races. He was convinced to join the team by the national coaches and sprint teammates Oliver Grob and Christian Oberbichler, and the trio went on to win the nation's first medal at the European championships at the 2020 edition in Heerenveen, Netherlands. "To be honest, I didn't want to ride with the team, because I didn't think we would have a chance anyway. The coaches, and Christian and Oli persuaded me to try it anyway. Two weeks before the first world cup [event] we drove our first test race. It was horrible. I said to the boys, 'We'll never do this again'. But we did it anyway and I am very happy to be here now." (schaatsen.nl, 11 Jan 2020)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint3  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint5  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps6  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps7  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1500m7  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround9  
    2020/2021 European Allround Championships Allround11  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps13  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m13  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships Allround14  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps16  
    2015/2016 European Championships Allround17  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m17  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 5000m17  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps18  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m25  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround27  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Sprint3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps11  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m12  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m14  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m14  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps18  
    2020/2021 World Cup 5000m20  
    2013/2014 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps20  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m30  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall30  
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m32  
    2019/2020 World Cup 5000/10000m34  
    2018/2019 World Cup 5000/10000m34  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall35  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall47  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m49  
    2013/2014 World Cup 5000/10000m54  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m57