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Janis Kipurs hired as driving coach

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Olympic champion Janis Kipurs is the new driving coach for the U.S. women's bobsled team.

Kipurs, who won gold and bronze medals for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Calgary Games and then continued his driving career for Latvia, will be with the Americans through the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He'll assist recently hired head coach Dave Owens in the women's program.

Kipurs also won medals at the world championships and European championships during his driving career.

He has coached Swiss, French, Canadian and American athletes in recent years, helping them win eight Olympic and 12 world championship medals.