New international contracts for Latvian ice hockey players
It's been a week of changes for Latvian ice hockey representatives as the National Hockey League (NHL) team Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns to a two-year contract, American Hockey League (AHL) team Bakersfield Condors signed defenceman Jānis Jaks to a one-year contract, while Continental Hockey League (KHL) team Vladivosok Admiral, who had just signed a one-year head coaching contract with Leonīdus Tambijevs, announced they're pulling out of the next season, according to press releases.
Latvian woman runs 37 km in her apartment
A Latvian woman living in Vienna has reportedly managed to combine the twin virtues of exercise and social distancing by running 37 kilometers without leaving the confines of her apartment.
Latvian sports roundup: bobsleigh, skeleton and luge
Latvian winter athletes racked up the medals in world and European-level events in Sigulda and Sochi. After a six-year long wait, Latvian bobsleigh team also finally received their 2014 Olympic medals during a celebratory ceremony in Sigulda.
Six years late, Latvian bobsledders get their Olympic gold medals
A special ceremony (which you can watch above) held in Sigulda February 15 saw justice finally done with the official awarding of Olympic gold medals to the Latvian bobsleigh team that should have been on the top rank of the Sochi Winter Olympic podium in 2014.
Latvian bobsledders prepare for World Cup stage in Sigulda
The Latvia bobsleigh teams piloted by both Oskars (Ķibermanis and Melbārdis) have had their first official training session before the combined European Championships and BMW International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup stage at the track in Sigulda from February 14-16, according to a Latvian Television broadcast on February 11.
Latvian sports roundup: tennis, figure skating and basketball
It was a nail-biting sports weekend for Latvian athletes and their fans. The Latvian tennis team narrowly lost 2:3 to team USA, the face-off between two NBA teams with Latvian players ended with a one-point margin and Deniss Vasiļjevs won first place at The Nordics & Nordics Open 2020 figure skating championships, according to organizers.
NBA update: Porziņģis improves record, Bertāns scores 19 points
On February 3 Latvian basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis had the second most successful game of his NBA career, helping the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 112:103, while fellow Latvian Dāvis Bertāns' team, the Washington Wizards, lost 117:125 against the Golden State Warriors, despite Bertāns' 19 points, and Latvian player Rodions Kurucs' Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns 119:97, according to the NBA on February 4.
Latvian sports roundup
Latvian winter sports athletes had a busy weekend winning medals in Switzerland and Germany, meanwhile the men's floorball team qualifies for the World Floorball Championships and Latvia's tennis players move up in the rankings.
Win for Martins Dukurs puts him back on top
Skeleton athlete Martins Dukurs remained undefeated at the BMW International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup stage in St. Moritz, Switzerland, regaining the top position in the overall season ranking, according to event organizers on January 31.
Flashy bartenders to pour Rīga a big one
On 30 January this year, the world's best bartenders will gather for the tenth time at the Olympic Voodoo Casino in Rīga to display all their skills of throwing glasses around, pouring drinks from long distances and allied skills.
Handball team shows valiant effort in EURO CUP debut
The Latvian men's handball team made their debut at the European Championship final tournament in Trondheim, Norway on January 9 with a 22:33 loss against last year's champion Spain, but Latvian player Dainis Krištopāns was named player of the match, according to LETA news agency on January 9.
Naumanis Award winner Silvija Radzobe discusses Latvians and theater
On January 6 theater critic Silvija Radzobe was awarded the Normunds Naumanis' Annual Art Criticism Award at the “NN Night” awards ceremony, and on January 7 she spoke with Latvian Radio's “Kultūras Rondo” broadcast about the importance of theater in everyday life in Latvia.