Martins Dukurs

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Martins Dukurs
Martins Dukurs 02.jpg
Dukurs in 2013
Personal information
Born (1984-03-31) 31 March 1984 (age 34)
Rīga, Latvia[1]
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Sport
Country Latvia
SportSkeleton

Martins Dukurs (born 31 March 1984) is a Latvian skeleton racer who has competed since 1998. He is the reigning and five-time world champion in men's skeleton and has won Olympic silver at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, as well as eight World Cup titles.

Career[edit]

Dukurs on a 2014 Latvian stamp

Dukurs finished seventh in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and sixth in the men's skeleton event at the 2007 FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz. He won the gold medal in the men's event at the 2011 FIBT World Championships, 2012 FIBT World Championships, 2015 FIBT World Championships, 2016 FIBT World Championships and 2017 FIBT World Championships.

Martins won the overall World Cup for the 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 season and 2016–17 season.

At the end of the 2016–17 Skeleton World Cup season he had 48 World Cup race victories.

His older brother Tomass is also a skeleton racer. Both he and his brother qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2010 Martins Dukurs was decorated with the Order of the Three Stars.[2]

In November 2017 Sochi gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov was disqualified by the IOC and his medal stripped from him; however a decision on whether Martins Dukurs would be granted a gold medal was not made by the IBSF. He would be the first ever Latvian athlete to win gold at the Winter Olympics. However, Tretiakov would appeal against his disqualification to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who overturned his disqualification and reinstated his gold medal.

On 19 January 2018 Martins was retroactively disqualified from the 2018 St. Moritz World Cup for having illegally raced on runners modified to increase hardness.[3] This was the third materials-control related violation for the Dukurs' brothers in 4 years, following a similar disqualification of Tomass the year prior in the Igls World Cup, where Tomass' runners tested far above legal limits.

Martins and Tomass' father, Dainis Dukurs, is a former bobsleigh brakeman, former manager of the Sigulda sledding track, sled designer and coach of the Latvian skeleton team.[4]

Career results[edit]

Skeleton World Cup[edit]

Season Place Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2004–05 19th 139 WIN
37
ALT
20
IGL
SIG
14
CES
10
STM
19
LPL
13
2005–06 20th 151 CAL
26
LPL
10
IGL
20
SIG
20
KON
16
STM
14
ALT
19
2006–07 12th 255 CAL
18
PKC
23
LPL
24
NAG
15
IGL
9
CES
WIN
3
KON
5
2007–08 5th 1369 CAL
7
PKC
11
LPL
4
CES1
7
CES2
7
STM
6
KON
11
WIN
1
2008–09 6th 1282 WIN
3
ALT
2
IGL
3
KON
4
STM
17
WIN
12
PKC
11
LKP
11
2009–10 1st 1694 PKC
1
LKP
3
CES
2
WIN
1
ALT
5
KON
1
STM
3
IGL
1
2010–11 1st 1719 WHI
5
CAL
1
PKC
3
LKP
2
IGL
1
WIN
1
STM
1
CES
1
2011–12 1st 1751 IGL
1
LPL
1
WIN
1
ALT
1
KON
6
STM
1
WHI
1
CAL
1
2012–13 1st 2010 LKP
1
PKC
1
WHI
2
WIN
1
LPL
1
ALT
1
KON
1
IGL
1
SOC
1
2013–14 1st 1720 CAL
1
PKC
2
LKP
8
WIN
1
STM1
1
STM2
1
IGL
1
KON
1
2014–15 1st 1770 LKP
1
CAL
1
ALT
1
KON
2
STM
1
LPL
1
IGL
1
SOC
2
2015–16 1st 1785 ALT
1
WIN
1
KON1
1
LPL
1
PAC
1
WHI
1
STM
2
KON2
1
2016–17 1st 1662 WHI
4
LPL
5
ALT
2
WIN
1
STM
1
KON
6
IGL
1
PYE
1
2017–18 LPL
1
PAC
2
WHI
6
WIN
2
IGL
1
ALT
5
STM
3
KON

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martins Dukurs". SR/Olympics. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Starkovam un olimpiskajiem medaļniekiem — Triju Zvaigžņu ordeņi" (in Latvian). Sportacentrs.com. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Yun chalks up a Korean first with World Cup skeleton title". Reuters. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  4. ^ "Martins Dukurs – 2014 Winter Olympics – Olympic Athletes – Sochi, Russia". espn.go.com. Retrieved 27 January 2014.

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Jānis Miņins
Māris Štrombergs
Latvian Sportspersman of the Year
2010-2011
2013-2015
Succeeded by
Māris Štrombergs
Kristaps Porziņģis
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Artūrs Irbe
Flagbearer for  Latvia
Vancouver 2010
Succeeded by
Sandis Ozoliņš