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Peter Riches

Great Britain

SportShort Track
NOCGreat Britain
Born16 Aug 2001
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.545 10 Aug 2019 Oberstdorf  
    1000m 1:25.180 12 Feb 2023 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:14.772 27 Oct 2023 Montreal  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamAldwych Speed Skating Club: London, ENG  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesIn early 2017 he crashed into another skater and sliced the top of his knee as well as piercing his arm. He competed two weeks later at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkiye, but at that event his knee became swollen and scans showed a partial laceration to his quadriceps. He did not skate for the next six months. (, 01 Feb 2018)  
Other sportsHe has competed in both short track and speed skating at international level. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Dec 2019)  
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Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHis father, David Riches, has worked as head of expeditions at Westminster School in London, England, and first took Peter ice skating at age seven while on a trip to the Finland Ice Marathon. He has been involved in skating ever since.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolUS short track skater Anton Apolo Ohno. (, 01 Feb 2018)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began ice skating at age seven with his father. He initially took up short track, and tried speed skating in 2014 during a weekend British speed skating camp in Inzell, Germany.  
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General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"I want at least eight Olympic medals. I want to be one of the best skaters in history. I want to know that if I'm going to put my life into something, I want to be the best at it." (, 01 Feb 2018)  
In 2019 he moved from London, England, to Heerenveen in the Netherlands for better training opportunities. He previously trained at the Aldwych Speed Skating Club in Guildford, and would also do inline skating in Richmond Park in London. However, the lack of a 400m track in Great Britain meant that he would often travel to The Hague in the Netherlands to train. In September 2019 he announced that he had decided to relocate to the Netherlands. "For me, to skate both long track and short track at the level to which I aspire, I saw no better opportunity [than moving to the Netherlands]." (Instagram profile, 15 Sep 2019; GB speed skating Facebook page, 02 Sep 2015)

After suffering a laceration to his quadriceps muscle in 2017 he was not allowed to skate for six months. He used the time to pass his high school exams, and also spent time studying speed skating footage from previous Olympic Winter Games, until his muscle was completely rehabilitated. "The injury was a blessing in disguise definitely, as I don't think I would have trained as hard." (, 01 Feb 2018)
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Name of coachRichard Shoebridge [national, short track], GBR  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2023/2024 European Championships 5000m Relay5  
    2019/2020 European Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 European Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2023/2024 World Championships 5000m Relay10  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay11  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1000m15  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1000m17  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1000m18  
    2022/2023 European Championships 1500m20  
    2019/2020 World Junior Championships 1500m20  
    2022/2023 European Championships 500m24  
    2023/2024 World Championships 1500m26  
    2023/2024 European Championships 500m26  
    2023/2024 European Championships 1500m41  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 1500m60  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 Dresden 5000m Relay11  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 5000m Relay12  
    2023/2024 Dresden 5000m Relay13  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1500m16  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m21  
    2023/2024 Dresden 1000m22  
    2022/2023 Dresden 1000m24  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m24  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m26  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m28  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m30  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m44  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m46  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1500m51  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m51  
    2023/2024 Dresden 1500m50  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 1000m57  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 1500m57  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall70  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification Overall72  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1000m78