Monday, January 13, 2014

Latvian sports: Men on Ice

Latvian athletes provided lots of excitement on Sunday, particularly on the international level. Brothers Martins and Tomass Dukurs placed first and second, respectively, in a World Cup skeleton competition. These guys are amazing world class athletes. In 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Martins won the silver medal. Martins has been on a roll recently -- he's been in first place in the last four World Cup races. I am greatly looking forward to seeing them compete in the Sochi Olympics next month!

Additionally, one of Latvia's 4-man bobsled teams -- captained by Oskars Melbardis -- placed first in a World Cup competition, and the team is currently ranked first in the world. They, too, will be fierce competitors at the Olympics.

Here in the United States, figure skaters competed in the national championships. Lukas Kaugars, an 18-year old Latvian-American skating in his first senior level competition, placed 15th. Eighteen is still quite young for a male figure skater, so Lukas has the potential to go even further in his career, which should be interesting to watch.

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