“Minins will not start in the foursome, because that is the common decision of their team,” the day before the bobsleigh foursome competition, the head coach of the Latvian bobsleigh team Sandis Prūsis announced.
“Mine’s decision is bold and responsible, made in very difficult circumstances.”
For Latvian bobsleighs, this is a serious blow under the waist, because many considered Jānis Minins, who won the World Cup stage on the Whistler track last year, to be one of the contenders for medals. However, appendicitis surgery, which was performed only here, already raised doubts. Jānis showed a kind of heroism and started participating in training trips. However, two falls caused psychological pressure on the pilot, and the pushers were injured. After the fall of yesterday, Oskars Melbārds, who was pushed, underwent head tomography and an eye doctor’s consultation at the Olympic Village Polyclinic. The examination did not reveal any health problems for the athlete, however, Oscar’s complaints and some objective symptoms indicate a concussion. For Daumants Dreišken, the team doctors found bruises on the shoulder and lower leg. Oskars Melbārdis would hardly have recovered and is ready for Friday’s starts. Therefore, the team made the following decision.
Minin’s bob also suffered in the last fall. “Irons and other parts can be straightened and glued, people are more difficult to ‘glue’,” added Sandis Prūsis.
“There will be no change in Maskalan’s crew either,” Prussia said of the second crew.
This time it will meet – Maskalāns could fight for a good place with more powerful pushers, but this time too he does not intend to give up and will try to enter the top ten.
The Latvian quartet did not start during Thursday’s training.
The competition will start on Friday at 23.00 Latvian time.