Thomas Reineck began in 1979 with the Canoeing. In 1985, he won his first at the Junior World Championship medal, a year later, he won his first medal in the performance category. After 1987, he won two World Cup medals, he joined in 1988 for the first time in the Olympic Games and labeled with the West German four-man kayak sixth place.
Reineck was among the West German canoeists who belonged before and after the reunification of the German national team, he was in 1990 the last German championship without the GDR canoeists and in 1991 the first all-German championship with the ex- GDR canoeists German champion in the one - kayak over 500 meters. After 1991, the qualified machinist switched to mechanical engineering degree from Berlin to the Ruhr area, where he became henceforth for Canoeing community meal.
1992 and 1996 won the Olympic gold medal Reineck, next thirteen he won World Championship medals, including five gold. After 1996 ended the engineer, the tinkering in his spare time on old motorcycles, his competitive sports career.
Thomas Reineck is married to the former national team colleague Monika Reineck. He lives and works in Velbert for Stadtwerke Essen. Since 2007, Reineck is president of the Canoe Association of North Rhine -Westphalia.