Martins Dukurs keen to compete in Beijing 2022 Olympics

Latvia's mutiple world skeleton champion Martins Dukurs said March 27 he was already eyeing participation in the next Winter Olympic games, due to be held in Beijing, China in three years. 

Speaking to LTV7, the most successful skeleton racer ever said the season which just finished had been challenging but satisfying, as he was able to grasp both the European and World titles.

"We changed too much and made mistakes," he said of the early part of the season, but said that by taking a more step-by-step approach after that, the results started to come.

It was difficult for him to find himself finishing in seventh and eighth place, and sometimes even started to doubt himself, he admitted, particularly when he was able to win only a bronze medal at the World Cup event. 

“But then I felt that everything was fine. The team also said everything was good and the World Cup was not our goal - we were preparing for the World and European Championships. So you have to try, test, find the best. And that's the right way,” Dukurs said.

But as to the question of whether he plans to start at the Beijing Olympics, Martins was positive, even though he would be 36 by then and it might be his swansong: "I want to start at the Olympics in Beijing. If health will allow. The motivation is there, the team is good. It just takes work. ”

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