35 athletes to represent Latvia in Pyeongchang

A total 35 athletes will represent Latvia in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Latvian Olympic Committee said January 22.

A total 35 athletes will represent Latvia in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Latvian Olympic Committee said January 22.

Latvian skeleton racers, the Dukurs brothers Tomass and Martins, will represent Latvia for the fourth time and are high up in the list for Latvia's medal hopes. Lelde Priedulēna will likewise participate in skeleton.

Two two-man-bobs and two four-man-bobs will partake in the Olympics as well, with pilots Oskars Melbārdis and Oskars Ķibermanis, as well as Daumants Dreiškens, Arvis Vilkaste, Jānis Strenga, Jānis Jansons, Helvijs Lūsis, Matīss Miknis and Intars Dambis participating as crew.

Melbārdis' four-man team won the silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics but will receive gold medals after Russian athletes were disqualified for doping.

Two male and one female athletes will participate in biathlon, namely Andrejs Rastorgujevs, Oskars Muižnieks (both male) and Baibe Bendika in the female course.

Figure skaters Deniss Vasiļjevs and Diāna Ņikitina will likewise be participating, and Haralds Silovs will partake in long track speed skating, and Roberts Zvejnieks and Roberto Puķītis racing in short track.

Distance skiing will have a lineup of Indulis Bikše, Patrīcija Eiduka, as well as Inga Paškovska. The Alpine skiing competition will see Kristaps Zvejnieks and Lelde Gasūna representing Latvia.

The Luge competition will see Inārs Kivlenieks, Kristers Aparjods, and Artūrs Dārznieks compete for medals while Elīza Cauce and Ulla Zirne will perform in the women's competition, along with Kendija Aparjode.

The Šics' brothers (Andris and Juris) will have their fourth Olympic appearance while Oskars Gudramovičs and Pēteris Kalniņš will have their third.

Latvia's delegation for Sochi had 58 participants including the hockey team. The country won four medals in total, but after the Russian doping scandal Tomass Dukurs will receive what would have been Latvia's fifth medal in the competition. 

In 2010 Latvia scored two bronze medals in Vancouver, and in 2006 Latvia earned its first Olympic medal since the country restored its independence.

The Pyeongchang Olympics are taking place February 9 to February 27.

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