Oskars Melbārdis

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Oskars Melbārdis
Oskars Melbārdis 2014.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Latvian
Born (1988-02-16) February 16, 1988 (age 29)
Valmiera
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Sport
Country  Latvia
Sport Bobsleigh pictogram.svgBobsleigh
Team Latvian National Team
Turned pro 2006
Coached by Sandis Prūsis

Oskars Melbārdis (born 16 February 1988) is a Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 2006. He started his career as a brakeman, most notably competing along Jānis Miņins, however starting from 2010–11 season Melbārdis has been competing as a pilot.

He won a gold medal in the four-man event at the FIBT World Championships 2016 in Igls, Austria with teammates Daumants Dreiškens, Arvis Vilkaste and Jānis Strenga. It was the first ever World Championships gold medal in bobsled for Latvia.

He won a silver medal in the two-man event at the FIBT World Championships 2015 in Winterberg and two bronze medals in the four-man events at the FIBT World Championships 2009 in Lake Placid, New York and at the FIBT World Championships 2015.

He won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the four-man event in Sochi and finished 5th in the two-man event.

He won Bobsleigh European Championship four-man events in 2008 and 2015 and finished 3rd in the four-man event in 2016. Melbārdis also finished 2nd in the two-man event in 2015 Bobsleigh European Championship.

Melbārdis won a combined Bobsleigh World Cup title in 2012–13 and 2014–15. He won two-man and four-man World Cup titles in 2014-15 when he had 15 (from 16) podium finishes in two-man and four-man events, including seven first places.

Career highlights[edit]

Pilot[edit]

World Championships
2013 - St. Moritz, 5th at 2-bob with Dreiškens
2013 - St. Moritz, 9th at 4-bob with Dreiškens / Vilkaste / Strenga
2012 – Lake Placid, 8th at 2-bob with Dreiškens
World Cup
2013/14 – Igls, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Dreiškens / Vilkaste / Strenga
2013/14 – St. Moritz, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Dreiškens / Vilkaste / Strenga
2012/13 – Sochi, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Dreiškens / Vilkaste / Strenga
2012/13 - Sochi, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 2-bob with Dreiškens
2012/13 – Königssee, 2nd 2nd, silver medalist(s) at 2-bob with Dreiškens
2012/13 – Winterberg, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 4-bob Dreiškens / Vilkaste / Strenga
2012/13 – Park City, 4th at 2-bob with Dreiškens
2011/12 – Calgary, 4th at 4-bob with Lūsis / Vilkaste / Strenga
2011-12 – Königssee, 4th at 4-bob with Lūsis / Vilkaste / Strenga
2011/12 – Winterberg, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 4-bob with Lūsis / Vilkaste / Strenga
2011/12 – Winterberg, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 2-bob with Dreiškens
2011/12 – Igls, 4th at 2-bob with Dreiškens
Junior World Championships
2012 – Igls, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 2-bob with Strenga
2012 – Igls, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Lūsis / Vilkaste / Strenga

Brakeman[edit]

World Championships
2009 – Lake Placid, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
World Cup
2009/10 – Park City, 2nd 2nd, silver medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2008/09 – Park City, 2nd 2nd, silver medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2008-09 – Park City, 2nd 2nd, silver medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2008/09 – Whistler, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2008/09 – Königssee, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2007/08 – Winterberg, 3rd 3rd, bronze medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2007/08 – St. Moritz, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
2007/08 – Cesana, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis
European Championships
2008 – Cesana, 1st 1st, gold medalist(s) at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis

Career results[edit]

Bobsleigh World Cup[edit]

Two-man[edit]

Season Place Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2010–11 21st 780 WHI
CAL
PKC
LKP
IGL
WIN
STM
9
CES
14
2011–12 7th 1360 IGL
4
LPL
9
WIN
3
ALT
6
KON
9
STM
9
WHI
CAL
6
2012–13 3rd 1674 LKP
8
PKC
4
WHI
14
WIN
7
LPL
5
ALT
5
KON
2
IGL
4
SOC
3
2013–14 12th 1080 CAL
5
PKC
6
LKP1
10
LKP2
10
WIN
10
STM
13
IGL
7
KON
DSQ
2014–15 1st 1684 LKP
2
CAL
1
ALT
2
KON
5
STM
1
LPL
2
IGL
2
SOC
2
2015–16 5th 1334 ALT
2
WIN
2
KON1
2
LPL
WHI1
5
WHI2
4
STM
10
KON2
5

Four-man[edit]

Season Place Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2010–11 1st 1719 WHI
CAL
PKC
LKP
IGL
WIN
STM
DSQ
CES
17
2011–12 7th 1336 IGL
8
LPL
10
WIN
3
ALT
7
KON
4
STM
8
WHI
CAL
4
2012–13 3rd 1633 LKP
8
PKC
10
WHI
9
WIN
3
LPL
5
ALT
4
KON
5
IGL
5
SOC
1
2013–14 7th 1228 CAL
DSQ
PKC
4
LKP1
5
LKP2
6
WIN
23
STM
1
IGL
1
KON
6
2014–15 1st 1735 LKP
3
CAL
1
ALT
2
KON
3
STM
1
LPL
1
IGL
1
SOC
1
2015–16 12th 904 ALT
8
WIN
5
KON1
6
LPL
WHI1
WHI2
STM
3
KON2
5

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