The biographical information was provided by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Club name: Dinamo Riga: Riga, Latvia
Coach: Juliuss �uplers (dinamoriga.eu, 15 Feb 2009)
Position / Style: Forward (IHWC, 27 Apr 2004)
Handedness: Shoots right (IHWC, 27 Apr 2004)
Debut: 1995 for Latvia, Sweden (eurohockey.net, 08 Jun 2005)
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.