About Me

Name Edgars Bertuks
Date of birth January 1, 1985
Place of birth Alūksne, Latvia
Home Rīga, Latvia
Weight 75 kg
Height 187 cm
Education Bachelor of engineering sciences in chemical engineering
Occupation Full time athlete
Orienteering club OK Alūksne LAT, Turun Metsänkävijät FIN
Running club Metroons
Coach Jari Ikaheimonen & Mikko Knuuti
Hobbies Life

I was born in very eastern part of Latvia in the town called Alūksne. In that time winters were real winters over there, and since my father was a former biathlete and sports teacher in local school, I started out as a skier and even succeeded at Latvian youth championships. Later on I tried basketball for several years, but the turn point was Riga orienteering championships in 2001 were I got 2nd place. I must mention that I didn’t train nor did I like orienteering by then, so I decided to give it a try. After two years, on 2003, I competed in my first Junior World Orienteering Championships in Estonia. On 2006 I made it to my first World Orienteering Championships in Denmark were I qualified for all finals. My so far best results in orienteering were achieved  on year 2008 during World Orienteeing Championships in Czech Republic. I had started full time job about that time and changed my focus to athletics for next 3 years. During that time I realized that orienteering is my true passion and with beginning of year 2012 I chaned my ordinary life to become a full time athlete. My wildest dream became reality very soon – I won middle distance gold and long distance bronze medal during WOC 2012 in Lausanne, Switzerland. And what’s beyond?