Sunday, January 24, 2010

Latvia's Martins Dukurs Wins Skeleton - Tobogganing - World Cup Title and is the European Champion

Many years ago I visited a weekend in Igls with a good friend from Austria, so that I was quite pleased to see this news from the Canadian AP Press:

Latvia's Martins Dukurs picks up victory to win skeleton [tobogganing] World Cup title
"IGLS, Austria — Martins Dukurs of Latvia has won the skeleton World Cup overall title and become European champion by capturing the last race of the season."
There must be a beneficent Latvian / Igls connection.

The Wikipedia describes the skeleton sport as follows:
"Skeleton or tobogganing is a fast winter sliding sport in which an individual person rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down, during which athletes experience forces up to 5Gs. It originated in St. Moritz, Switzerland as a spin-off from the popular British sport of Cresta Sledding. While skeleton "sliders" use similar equipment to that of cresta "riders", the two sports are different: while skeleton is run on the same track used by bobsleighs and luge, cresta is run on cresta-specific sledding tracks only. Also, the skeleton sled has no steering or braking mechanism, while cresta sledders use skates on their feet to help steer and brake the sled."

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