Lāsma Kauniste

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Lāsma Kauniste
Lasma Kauniste 1968.jpg
Lāsma Kauniste at the 1968 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1942-04-19) 19 April 1942 (age 76)
Riga, Latvia
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Speed skating
Club Lokomotiv Riga

Lāsma Kauniste (Russian: Ласма Хермановна Каунисте, Lasma Khermanovna Kauniste), née Avotiņa (Russian: Авотиня, Avotinya), (born 19 April 1942) is a Latvian speed skater.[1]

Lāsma Avotiņa married Estonian speed skater Toivo Kauniste in 1962 and they settled in Riga. Competing for the Soviet Union as Lāsma Kauniste, she won bronze at the Soviet Allround Championships in 1967 and silver at the World Allround Championships. Although she never won the Soviet Allround Championships, she did become World Allround Champion in 1969. She competed on 1,000 m, 1,500 m and 3,000 m at the 1968 Winter Olympics with the best result of fifth place on 1,500 m.[1]

Kauniste is still active in speed skating, participating in Masters events. She became World Champion Masters in the category over 60 in both 2002 and 2004. At the 2007 World Championships Masters, she won silver in the category over 60.

Her achievements earned her the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR title.


An overview of medals won by Kauniste at important championships she participated in, listing the years in which she won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics
World Allround 1969 1967
European Allround
Soviet Allround 1968
Soviet Sprint
Soviet Single Distance 1967 (1,000 m)
1968 (1,500 m)
1969 (1,000 m)
1973 (500 m)
1968 (1,000 m)
1970 (1,000 m)
1968 (3,000 m)
1973 (1,000 m)


  1. ^ a b Lāsma Kauniste. sports-reference.com

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