Women’s luge veteran Orlova finishes seventh

Latvia’s Anna Orlova, a veteran of the women’s luge event, has once again bettered her Olympic performance, this time finishing seventh overall.

Orlova’s total time after the fourth run on Feb. 14 was 3 minutes, 9.483 seconds. That was just over 1.5 seconds more than gold medal winner Sylke Otto, according to results posted on the official Web site of the Winter Olympics, www.torino2006.org.

Making her fifth Olympic appearance on Feb. 13, the 33-year-old Orlova finished in 11th place after the first run and moved to ninth after the second run. She nudged herself up to eighth place after the third run on Feb. 14.

Orlova’s Olympic debut was in 1992 at Albertville, where she finished 11th overall. Two years later, in Lillehammer, she finished ninth. During the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano she slipped to 13th place, but jumped back to ninth in the Salt Lake City games four years ago.

Two other Latvian women competed in the luge event at Cesana Pariol, Italy. Maija Tīruma finished 17th with a time of 3:13.044, while Aiva Aparjode was right behind her in 18th place with a combined time of 3:13.065.

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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