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Zintis Ekmanis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameZintis•Ekmanis
Used nameZintis•Ekmanis
Other namesЗинтис Экманис
Born17 May 1958 in Pabaži (LAT)
Measurements184 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsDinamo Rīga, Rīga (LAT)
NOC Latvia Soviet Union
Nationality Latvia

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 Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1984 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) URS LAT Zintis Ekmanis
Two, Men (Olympic) Vladimir Aleksandrov 3 Bronze
Four, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 12
1988 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) URS LAT Zintis Ekmanis
Two, Men (Olympic) Aivars Trops 9
1992 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) LAT Zintis Ekmanis
Two, Men (Olympic) Aldis Intlers 16
Four, Men (Olympic) Latvia 2 16
1994 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) LAT Zintis Ekmanis
Two, Men (Olympic) Aldis Intlers =10
Four, Men (Olympic) Latvia 1 13

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1994 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony LAT Zintis Ekmanis

Special Notes