VIDEO: Latvian hockey team welcome

Latvian ice hockey team returned from the world championship on Monday at noon with a flight from Tampere. Fans were asked not to go to the airport but arrive at the Freedom Monument for a special event, the Latvian Hockey Federation said on May 28.

Thousands did so.

The Latvian hockey team reached unprecedented heights in the world championships, scoring a bronze medal for the first time on Sunday afternoon and sparking nation-wide celebrations.

In celebration of this, the Latvian parliament declared May 29 a public holiday

A livestream of the Freedom Monument event from LTV, which was also carried on LSM, experienced technical difficulties, leading to frustration for many viewers. A lengthy inquest into how this could have happened is likely. In an attempt to plug the gap, a package of highlights was broadcast.

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At 15:00, President Egils Levits was due to offer his own congratulations to the team and their backroom staff, which you can watch via the video below.


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