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Sport

  • Wide range of well-established sport infrastructure
  • Vidzeme Olympic centre (ice hall, indoor hall, open-air football field – for locals and training camps for foreign sport teams)
  • Hotel „Naktsmājas” close-by for sportsmen
  • Janis Daliņš stadium
  • Lately opened indoor gym-bar park (donation from German citizen)
  • Possibilities for inhabitants to do outdoor sports (Relaxation park with Nordic walking and jogging trails in length of 10km, cycling-pedestrian paths of 13km etc.)

Most popular sports

  • BMX
  • orienteering
  • basketball (basketball club Valmiera/ORDO – this year for the first time played in semi-finals in Baltic Basketball League)
  • swimming
  • track-and-field athletics
  • floorball
  • tennis
  • volleyball
  • football
  • ice-hockey

Strong annual sport traditions

  • The President’s Award in Athletics (for Baltic states)
  • SportLat marathon (one of the few in Latvia)
  • SEB MTB cycling-marathon
  • National championships in rowing slalom, BMX, heavy athletics

Other large sport events:

  • host of Latvian Youth Summer Olympiad (2015)
  • Latvian IV Summer Olympiad (2016)
  • European and world level sport competitions in floorball and basketball

Olympic forge

  • Janis Dalins – Olympic silver medallist in walking in Los Angeles
  • Aigars Fadejevs – Olympic silver medallist in walking in Sidney
  • Maris Strombergs – two-times gold medallist in BMX in Beijing and London
  • Oskars Melbardis – silver medallist in bobsleigh in Sochi (and current world champion in 4-men-bobsleigh)
  • Many Olympic participants in swimming, decathlon, walking, BMX, downhill skiing