Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track

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Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track's lower start

The Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is located in Sigulda, Latvia. Currently, the track manager is Dainis Dukurs, former bobsleigh brakeman and the father of skeleton racers Martins and Tomass Dukurs.

History[edit]

Sledding took place in Sigulda as early as 1887.[1] Several alpine skiing venues were held near the track following World War II.[1] By the late 1960s, the city government of Sigulda approved construction of a new track, which was finally completed in 1986.[1] It was built for the needs of Soviet bobsledders and lugers. Although skeleton wasn't initially in the building plan, Sigulda has hosted World Cup races in skeleton in the 2000s. Also, luge competitions are hosted in Sigulda each year, however, the track can't host four-man bobsleigh races, therefore there haven't been any Bobsleigh World Cup or World Championship races hosted in Sigulda. Zintis Ekmanis and the original track designer has designed a new layout which would change two curves and make four-man bobsleigh races possible, though lugers are not happy with this idea [2] because this may render the track unusable for women's singles and men's doubles lugers. Also, Dainis Dukurs has said in an interview for Sporta Avīze that there was an experiment involving Juris Šics, Andris Šics, Tomass Dukurs and Martins Dukurs, in which the quartet drove with a four-man bobsleigh without crashing. Dukurs stated that this proves that the track is, in fact, suitable for four-man teams, but to make it perfect for bobsleigh, most of the track should be rebuilt. Reconstruction was expected to be completed in 2010.[3] However the idea was abandoned due to costs and uncertainty that such investment would pay off. The track will undergo major renovation after 2014 season.[4] Also, an artificial ice start estacade was built in summer of 2008.

Statistics[edit]

Physical statistics
Sport[5] Length (meters) Turns
Two-man bobsleigh and skeleton[5] 1200 16
Luge – men's singles[5] 1200 16
Luge – women's singles and men's doubles[6] 988 13

No vertical drop, percent grading, or turn names were mentioned.[5][6]

Track records
Sport Record Nation – athlete(s) Date Time (seconds)
Luge – men's singles[7] Start  Johannes Ludwig (GER) 24 January 2010 4.285
Luge – men's singles[7] Track  Albert Demchenko (RUS) 24 January 2010 48.282
Luge – women's singles[8] Start  Tatjana Hüfner (GER) 15 February 2008 1.799
Luge – women's singles[8] Track  Tatiana Ivanova (RUS) 23 January 2010 42.679
Luge – men's doubles[9] Start  Patric Leitner (GER) &  Alexander Resch (GER) 6 December 2008 1.698
Luge – men's doubles[9] Track  Andreas Linger (AUT) &  Wolfgang Linger (AUT) 23 January 2010 42.172

Championships hosted[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • FIBT track profile – Click on video to show run down the track from a skeleton racer's perspective. Men's singles luge intersects with two-man bobsleigh/ skeleton part of the track prior to turn one while women's singles/ men's doubles luge intersect prior to turn four.
  • FIL-Luge track profile

Coordinates: 57°09′08″N 24°50′19″E / 57.152211°N 24.838586°E / 57.152211; 24.838586