Latvijas Pasts presented stamps dedicated to Latvian medal winners in XXII Olympic Winter Games
Latvijas Pasts, in collaboration with sports federations and the Latvian Olympic Committee (LOC), has released four stamps and a special envelope, dedicated to Latvian medal winners in the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which took place earlier this year. Presentation of the new stamps was attended by the Latvian Olympic athletes depicted on the stamps, was held in the postal service center Sakta, 32 Brīvības Boulevard, Riga on May 27, 2014 at 11 AM. The athletes were welcomed by the Minister of Transport Anrijs Matīss and the management of Latvijas Pasts and LOC.
The Olympic stamps have been released in honor of the Latvian champions in the XXII Olympic Winter Games: skeleton racer Martins Dukurs who won a silver medal, bobsleigh team consisting of Oskars Melbārdis, Daumants Dreiškens, Arvis Vilkaste and Jānis Strenga who also claimed silver, Andris Šics and Juris Šics who earned a bronze medal in the luge doubles competition and Elīza Tīruma, Mārtiņš Rubenis, Andris Šics and Juris Šics who won a second bronze medal for Latvia in the luge team relay competition.
The print run of each stamp is 30.000 and their denomination is EUR 0.50, corresponding to the cost of mailing a regular letter within Latvia. The print run of the Olympic Games envelope is 1.500 copies.
Latvijas Pasts has been issuing stamps dedicated to Latvian Olympic medal winners since the XXVII Olympic Summer Games, which took place in Sydney, Australia in 2000.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games, which were held from February 7 to February 23, 2014 in Sochi (Russia), are considered to be the most successful Winter Games in Latvia, resulting in an unprecedented number of medals won in three different sports: one silver in skeleton, one silver in bobsleigh and two bronzes in luge. Overall, Latvia was represented in seven winter sports: biathlon, bobsleigh, ice hockey, luge, skeleton, skating and skiing.