IGLS, Austria — Janis Minins finished fourth in the final weekend of the four-man bobsled World Cup to consolidate second spot overall.
Minins was able to put some indifferent form of late behind him and count on some strong performances earlier in the season to hold onto second spot. Fans will be hoping for his early season form to return with Vancouver now less than a month away. However, he does have the advantage of having produced some of his finest results on the Canadian track. American Steven Holcomb was the undisputed champion pilot whilst German Andre Lange took out third spot.
Again Minins struggled in the two-man event on Saturday as him and pusher Daumants Dreiškins could only manage to finish twelth overall. Latvia 2 also struggled with Edgars Maskalāns and pusher Raivis Broks producing the second slowest first run time which ultimately aw them fail to qualify for the second run. The poor result was telling as Minins finishes the World Cup in a disappointing 16th, whilst Maskalāns finishes much farther adrift in 41st.
But as has become his habit, Minins saved his best for Sunday, looking much more assured in the four-man event. Again he paired up with Dreiškins while also being joined by Oskars Melbārdis and Intars Dambis. Sitting fourth following their first run, they were only able to set the sixth quickest time in their second time out on the track but fortunately they were able to hold onto fourth position. Meanwhile in Latvia 2 Maskalāns, along with Broks, Pavels Tulubjevs and Mihails Arhipovs finished further back in 13th, moving up two spots following their first run. Maskalāns finishes the World Cup in 14th position.