Martins DUKURS

Latvia LAT

Skeleton

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Turin 2006
  • Year of Birth
    1984
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Biography

Martins DUKURS

Martins Dukurs possesses the most glittering record in world skeleton. Eight times an IBSF World Cup winner, having won 50 times on the circuit, the Latvian is also a five-time world champion and a nine-time European champion. Known by his fellow competitors as “Superman”, his quest for Olympic gold, however, remains ongoing. A silver medallist at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, he missed out on the podium altogether at PyeongChang 2018, finishing fourth in a competition won by home athlete Yun Sung-bin.

Family affair

Dukurs and his brother Tomass grew up a stone’s throw from the Sigulda skeleton track, managed by their father and coach, former Latvian bobsleigh champion Dainis Dukurs. “When I began working at the track in 1994, I had both my sons try the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton,” recalled Dukurs Senior, who is also a sled designer and Latvia’s national team coach. “When they lay down on the sled, they fell in love with the sport. And they just kept getting better and better.” 

Though Tomass – the older of the two by three years – was the first to make his international debut, it was Martins who earned selection for the Olympic Winter Games Turin 2006. Taking a break from his economics degree to take on the world’s best, Martins finished seventh behind winner Duff Gibson of Canada.

Sibling rivalry

The Dukurs family are a team on the international circuit and although Martins quickly established himself as the faster of the two brothers, their competitiveness has helped push him to the top. “There are no secrets between us,” he said. “Even though we’re competing against each other, if one of us finds a good line or makes a mistake during a run, we share that information.” Their rivalry is also an important source of motivation for Tomass: “It enables us to improve and pushes us to become better athletes.”

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PyeongChang 2018

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Sochi 2014

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Vancouver 2010

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Turin 2006

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