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2016-07-07 12:10:00 CET

Samoilovs: I want another cowbell!

Latvian hero striving to hear iconic trophy ring again

The Latvians got off to a winning start in Gstaad today. Photocredit: Armin Walcher The Latvians got off to a winning start in Gstaad today. Photocredit: Armin Walcher

Aleksandrs Samoilovs loves the cowbell trophy he received last year so much that he’s desperate to win the champions’ cowbell this week at the Gstaad Major.

The Lion King and his partner Janis Smedins won silver after losing to Brazilians Alison/Bruno in the final 12 months ago and now the Latvians want to go one better and claim gold.

“The sound of the bell in your home makes you want to have more of them!” laughed Aleksandrs after his and Janis’ first match of this year’s Gstaad Major.

“It’s a nice cup and one of the most beautiful. Stavanger and their sword competes with Gstaad for the two trophies that everyone wants to have. Last year was my ninth in Gstaad and finally I’ve got a bell. Now I want another one!”

The Latvians were disappointed to finish fourth in the Poreč Major last week having won the Olsztyn Grand Slam the previous week.

And after a hectic few weeks on tour, Aleksandrs revealed the busy schedule in between the two Swatch Major Series tournaments.

“After Poreč we drove four hours to Milan and then we flew home and stayed in Latvia,” explained the 31-year-old, now celebrating his 10th year competing here in the mountains.

“I was so tired, I was like a little kid unable to sleep, but on Monday it was my wife’s birthday so we celebrated together, I played with my little boy and then on Tuesday we arrived in Gstaad.

“There hasn’t been much time to recover – but we had the best recovery: swimming in the coldest river ever!

“This time last year Janis was not 100 per cent fit and it was just our plan to get good results so playing in the final was a bonus.

“Now everything is okay we hope to play until the final four.”

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