New York marathon winner Jelena Prokopcuka and weight lifting champion Viktors Scerbatihs were named Latvia's Athletes of the Year in the annual sports awards ceremony. Prokopcuka was awarded in three categories 's she was also named the Most Popular Athlete of the Year, and awarded for her contribution to Latvian sports. The national ice-hockey team's victory over Belarus in the Olympic qualification tournament was named as the Sporting Event of the Year, and hockey legend Arturs Irbe, a long-time NHL goalkeeper, received the Model Athlete award. President Vaira Vike-Freiberga presented th...
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