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Zintis Ekmanis

Full name: Zintis Ekmanis
Other name(s): Зинтис Экманис
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: May 17, 1958 in Pabaži, Saulkrastu novads, Latvia
Affiliations: Dinamo Rīga, Rīga (LAT)
Country: URS Soviet Union, LAT Latvia
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Zintis Ekmanis was a track and field athlete, who specialized in the triple jump, winning the 1980 Latvian SSR Championship, before taking up bobsledding in the fall of 1980 and becoming one of the best Soviet/Latvian bobsleigh pilots in the 1980s along with Jānis Ķipurs. He and brakeman Vladimir Aleksandrov were the first Soviet bobsledders to win an Olympic medal, when they won a bronze in the two-man event in 1984 Olympics. Ekmanis and brakeman Nikolay Zhirov also became the first Soviet bobsledders to win a medal at the World Championships, when they won a bronze in the two-man event in 1985. Ekmanis also won a full set of medals at the European Championships – gold in 1985, silver in 1990 and bronze in 1984. At the 1984-1985 European Championships his brakeman was Aleksandrov, while in 1990 his brakeman was Juris Tone. Ekmanis also won a bronze at the 1986-1987 World Cup in the two-man event. Ekmanis won two Soviet titles in the two-man event in 1987 and 1990 and one Latvian title in 1992, also in the two-man event. After his sporting career Ekmanis worked as a sports official, later serving as the vice-president of Latvian Bobsleigh Federation. He has also been a commentator for bobsleigh events on Latvian national television.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Men's Two Soviet Union-2 URS 3 Bronze
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Men's Four Soviet Union-2 URS 12
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Bobsleigh Men's Two Soviet Union-2 URS 9
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Men's Two Latvia-1 LAT 16
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Men's Four Latvia-2 LAT 16
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Men's Two Latvia-1 LAT 10T
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Men's Four Latvia-1 LAT 13

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Vladimir Aleksandrov Final Standings
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Vladimir Aleksandrov Run 1
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Vladimir Aleksandrov Run 2
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Vladimir Aleksandrov Run 3
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Vladimir Aleksandrov Run 4
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Aivars Trops Final Standings
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Aivars Trops Run 1
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Aivars Trops Run 2
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Aivars Trops Run 3
1988 Winter 29 Calgary Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Aivars Trops Run 4
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Final Standings
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 1
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 2
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 3
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 4
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Final Standings
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 1
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 2
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 3
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Aldis Intlers Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Final Standings
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Run 1
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Run 2
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Run 3
1984 Winter 25 Sarajevo Bobsleigh Soviet Union-2 URS Run 4
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-2 LAT Final Standings
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-2 LAT Run 1
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-2 LAT Run 2
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-2 LAT Run 3
1992 Winter 33 Albertville Bobsleigh Latvia-2 LAT Run 4
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Final Standings
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Run 1
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Run 2
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Run 3
1994 Winter 35 Lillehammer Bobsleigh Latvia-1 LAT Run 4