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Latvia wins second medal at Winter Olympics

Feb 14, 2014
From wire reports, RIGA

Latvia wins second medal at Winter Olympics
Latvia has won a second bronze in the luge event in Sochi (photo: twitter)

Latvia has won its second medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics this year,

Eliza Tiruma, Martins Rubenis and Andris and Juris Sics were placed third in Luge Team Relay on Thursday, winning the second bronze medal for Latvia at this year's Winter Olympics.

Tiruma finished fifth, Rubenis fourth, and the Sics brothers also fourth, which earned Latvia third place in final standings.

The German team of Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch and the pairing of Tobias Wendl and Tobias placed first, whereas Russia, who were represented by Tatyana Ivanova, Albert Demchenko and the doubles team of Alexander Denisyev with Vladislav Antonov, was second.

Latvia took its first medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Wednesday as the brothers Sics, Andris and Juris, finished in third place after the two runs in the Luge Doubles event.

Latvian President Andris Berzins congratulated the team on the win. He said: "Ice is obviously Latvia's element, and Latvian lugers can perform miracles therein.

"I am, just like everybody else, very happy at this outstanding achievement that was arrived at through relentless team work. I congratulate Eliza Tiruma, Martins Rubenis, Andris and Juris Sics; I thank them and wish them every success in the future," the president added.

Latvia has won three bronze and two silver medals at Winter Olympic Games since the restoration of independence.

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