Bobsleigh team finishes 10th in Olympics

One of Latvia’s two four-man bobsleigh teams has finished 10th overall in the Winter Olympics as the games in Turin, Italy, near their end.

The team of Jānis Miņins, Daumants Dreiškens, Mārcis Rullis and Jānis Ozols finished with a total time of 3 minutes, 42.59 seconds over four runs, or 2:17 behind the gold medal-winning German team led by Andre Lange. The Latvians hit their top speed during the fourth run on Feb. 25—131.5 kilometers per hour.

The second Latvian team, composed of Mihails Arhipovs, Intars Dīcmanis, Māris Bogdanovs and Reinis Rozītis, finished
22nd overall. The team did not qualify for the final run.

Four years ago at Salt Lake City, the two Latvian teams earned seventh and 12th overall. Sandis Prūsis piloted the lead team in 2002, but he did not compete this year.

In other Olympic events Feb. 25:

  • Ilmārs Bricis finished a disappointing 28th out of 30 biathletes competing in the men’s 15-kilometer mass start. He finished 3 minutes, 7.6 seconds behind gold medal winner Michael Greis of Germany, who completed the course of skiing and shooting in 47 minutes, 20 seconds.
  • Madara Līduma finished 20th out of 30 biathletes in the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start. She was 3 minutes, 16.2 seconds behind Anna Carin Olofsson of Norway, who clinched the gold medal with a time of 40:36.5.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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