Sigulda municipality ranks first in the world by the number of winter Olympic medals per head of population

According to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, Sigulda municipality has 18,677 inhabitants, currently accounting for about 1% of the total population in the country. With a total of 10 Olympic Winter Games medals won during the last three Winter Olympic Games, which is one medal per 1867 inhabitants, it thereby takes first place in the world.

The Norwegian region of Trondelag, which has 400,000 inhabitants, about 8% of the total population in the country, is second with 30 Olympic Winter Sport medals, thus earning one medal per 13,333 people. On a national basis, the top ranking is Finland with one medal per 17,904 people, Sweden with 19,649 people per medal, and Hungary with a medal for each 20,792 inhabitants.

Starting with the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France, Sigulda has taken part in all the subsequent Winter Olympics, and in the last two games local athletes Martins and Tomass Dukurs, Andris and Juris Šics, as well as Janis Strenga have won two gold, three silver and five bronze medals.



„10 Olympic medals, five citizens of Sigulda, on per cent of the population of Latvia. These statistics cannot be called a mere luck or coincidence," says Uģis Mitrevics, the chairman of the Sigulda Local Government Council. This is a convincing evidence of our dedication, enthusiasm and power. Our motivation to proceed with all we have started is only getting stronger: to provide our athletes with a modern infrastructure, education and support in organising trainings and international level competitions. We want to educate the would-be world rank athletes and participants of the Olympic Games. We want the name of Latvia and Sigulda to be pronounced in the world over and over again. We are the capital city of Latvia in winter sports despite the fact that we make only one per cent of the Latvian population: this is the richest in medals and the most exciting one per cent,” Uģis Mitrevics, the chairman of the Sigulda Local Government Council, speaks with pride.

The achievements of the athletes coming from Sigulda, apart from each year attracting the world’s attention via live Eurosport TV broadcasts from Sigulda to millions of spectators, have also intrigued the world’s top athletes to come to Sigulda to compete. The German national luge team opened this season with a training session in the Bobsleigh and Luge Track as well as in the Sigulda Sports Centre, opened in May. This is the largest facility built in Sigulda during the past thirty years: it provides a world-level training environment for athletes, comprising a weightlifting hall, a running track and the best gear for functional trainings. Already at the time of laying the footstone of the building, Zintis Ekmanis, an Olympic athlete in bobsleigh, said that here athletes will be able to do their trainings in order to win the hundredths of a second that decide the victory.

As previously reported, currently the name of Sigulda rings worldwide: Sweden, while considering its bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2026, has officially approached the Latvian Olympic Committee, exploring the possibility to use the Sigulda Bobsleigh and Luge Track for competitions in bobsleigh, skeleton and luge.

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