Riley Janes grew up in Saskatoon where he took his first swimming strokes at age six. Since then he has travelled and lived in various places throughout his career and becoming one of Canada's top international swimmers.
One of his favorite cities was Moscow where he reached two finals at the 2002 World Short Course Championships. He graduated in marketing at Texas A&M where he was described by head coach Mel Nash as the school's "go to guy" at swimming competitions.
Janes qualified for the Olympics in 100 backstroke and also holds the Canadian record in the 50 backstroke, which is not an Olympic event.