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Russians win FIL European Championships in Sigulda

Russians win FIL European Championships in Sigulda

SIGULDA, Latvia — Sigulda played host to lugers from around Europe this weekend who, came to compete in the 42nd FIL European Luge Championships. Fine clear weather greeted the athletes, with clear skies seeing the temperature plummet well below -20°C. The cool conditions accounted for small crowds turning out for the action on both days. Those […]

Minins finishes World Cup in second

Minins finishes World Cup in second

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 […]

Dukurs is world champion!

Dukurs is world champion!

IGLS, Austria — Latvian Martins Dukurs won the final round of the 09/10 FIBT skeleton World Championships to seal his place as overall champion. Going  into the final round Saturday, Martins just had to avoid trouble and complete both his runs to all but assure himself of the World Cup Crown. Not just content on […]

Dukurs impresses, Minins disappoints

Dukurs impresses, Minins disappoints

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Earlier this week the Latvian Olympic Committee released their promotional posters for Vancouver 2010, using the faces of three prominent Latvians. The three selected were hockey goalie Edgars Masaļskis, female sledder Maia Taruma and Janis Minins. Perhaps the most surprising omission was Martins Dukurs, or even younger brother Tomass Dukurs who […]

Dukurs does it again

Dukurs does it again

KÖNIGSSEE, Germany— Martins Dukurs has recorded another first placing in the FIBT Skeleton World Cup to stay atop the championship leader-board. The odds were even tougher in this, the latest round  with his three closest rivals all been German and hence enjoying the advantage of racing at home. Is this was of any concern to […]

Minins produces respectable result

Minins produces respectable result

KÖNIGSSEE, Germany — Janis Minins has produced a respectable result in the four-man bobsled, piloting Latvia 1 to a fourth place victory in the latest round of the FIBT World Cup. After experiencing yet another forgettable day in the two-man bob on Saturday, Minins was looking to come up trumps in the four-man version on […]

Below-par show by Latvian bobsled boys

Below-par show by Latvian bobsled boys

WINTERBERG, Germany— Latvia’s two and four men bobsled teams have had a disappointing weekend in round 4 of the FIBT world cup. Janis Minins was again piloting Latvia 1 in the two- man sled accompanied by Oskars Melbārdis. It was a new combination for Latvia 1 and did not produce the desired results as they […]

Martins Dukurs wins skeleton race

Martins Dukurs wins skeleton race

WINTERBURG, Germany — Latvian brothers Martins and Tomass Dukurs have produced more strong results in the fourth round of the skeleton world championship in Germany on Friday. Following on from his second-placing in Italy a week previous, Martins went one better this week in Germany to take first place. Martins time of 58.98 secs was […]

Mixed weekend for Latvian bobsledders

Mixed weekend for Latvian bobsledders

CESANA TORINESE, Italy — The Latvian two-man bobsled teams had forgettable weekends but were able to make up for it with more impressive results in the four man version the following day. Latvian pilots Janis Minins and Edgars Maskalāns have so far posted satisfactory two-man results in the opening two rounds of competition but their […]

Dukurs brothers impress again

Dukurs brothers impress again

CESANA TORINESE, Italy — The Dukurs brothers of Latvia have capped off another successful weekend in the skeleton FIBT World Cup. With racing coming to Europe for the first time this season, brothers Martins and Tomass again produced solid results, with older brother Martins sitting atop the World Cup points standings after three rounds, 31 […]

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