Oskars Melbārdis

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Oskars Melbārdis
Oskars Melbārdis 2014 (cropped).jpg
Melbārdis in 2014 on his return from the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
NationalityLatvian
Born (1988-02-16) 16 February 1988 (age 30)[1]
Valmiera, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Valmiera, Latvia)[2]
ResidenceRiga, Latvia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Sport
Country Latvia
SportBobsleigh pictogram.svgBobsleigh
TeamLatvian National Team
Turned pro2006
Coached bySandis Prūsis[1]
Achievements and titles
World finalsGold medal world centered-2.svg (2016)
Olympic finalsGold medal olympic.svg (2014)
Highest world ranking1st (2015)

Oskars Melbārdis (born 16 February 1988) is Latvian bobsledder who has competed since 2006.[1] He is the most successful bobsledder in the history of his country, who won one gold and two bronze Olympic medals. He also earned the first ever gold medal for Latvia at World Championships in Igls, preceded by one silver and two bronze medals in 2009-2015.

Career review[edit]

Melbārdis 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 and 2018. 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.

Highlights[edit]

Bob-Pilot[edit]

  • (Not complete list of results)

World Championships[edit]

2016 – Igls, 1st Gold medal world centered-2.svg at 4-bob
2015 – Winterberg, 2nd Silver medal world centered-2.svg at 2-bob
2015 – Winterberg, 3rd Bronze medal world centered-2.svg at 4-bob
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[edit]

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

European Championships[edit]

2015 – La Plagne, 1st Gold medal world centered-2.svg at 4-bob
2015 – La Plagne 2nd Silver medal world centered-2.svg at 2-bob

Junior World Championships[edit]

2012 – Igls, 1st Gold medal world centered-2.svg at 2-bob with Strenga
2012 – Igls, 1st Gold medal world centered-2.svg at 4-bob with Lūsis / Vilkaste / Strenga

Brakeman[edit]

World Championships[edit]

2009 – Lake Placid, 3rd Bronze medal world centered-2.svg at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis

World Cup[edit]

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[edit]

2008 – Cesana, 1st Gold medal world centered-2.svg at 4-bob with Miņins / Dreiškens / Dambis

Career results[edit]

Oskars Melbārdis and Jānis Strenga on a 2018 stamp sheet of Latvia

Olympic Games Olympic rings without rims.svg[edit]

  • 3 medals (1 gold, 2 bronze)
Event Two-man Four-man
Representing  Latvia
Russia 2014 Sochi 3Bronze medal olympic.svg 1Gold medal olympic.svg
South Korea 2018 Pyeongchang 3Bronze medal olympic.svg 5

Bobsleigh pictogram.svgBobsleigh World Cup[edit]

Season titles[edit]

  • 4 globes (2 overall, 1 two-man, 1 four-man)
Season
Discipline
2013 Combined
2015 Combined
Two-man
Four-man

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 2nd 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
2016–17 16th 810 WHI
LPL
ALT
13
WIN
STM
6
KON
6
IGL
2
PYE
12
2017–18 8th 1130 LPL1
14
LPL2
11
WHI
3
WIN
10
IGL
9
ALT
21
STM
13
KON
5

Four-man[edit]

Season Place Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2010–11 25th 88 WHI
CAL
PKC
LKP
IGL
WIN
STM
DSQ
CES
17
2011–12 5th 1216 IGL
8
LPL
10
WIN
3
ALT
7
KON
4
STM
8
WHI
CAL
4
2012–13 2nd 1625 LKP
8
PKC
10
WHI
9
WIN
3
LPL
5
ALT
4
KON
5
IGL
5
SOC
1
2013–14 6th 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
2016–17 13th 931 WHI
LPL
ALT
11
WIN
STM
2
KON
7
IGL
1
PYE
4
2017–18 5th 1322 PAC1
4
PAC2
7
WHI
14
WIN
12
IGL
4
ALT
7
STM
9
KON
2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Oskars Melbārdis. ibsf.org
  2. ^ Oskars Melbārdis. sports-reference.com

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