In a year's time the great and the good will descend on the new Sanki Sliding Centre bidding for Olympic glory.
And if this introduction is anything to go by then Melbardis and his Latvian team will be ones to look out for as they claimed a first win of the season to finish their campaign in style.
Melbardis brought the sled down in a total time of 1:52.29 minutes, 0.02 seconds ahead of German Thomas Florschuetz with Russian Alexander Zubkov finishing third.
But despite finishing third Zubkov and Russia were once again celebrating as he defended his four-man World Cup crown by finishing top of the pile once again.
Heading into the World Cup finale German Maximilian Arndt had lead atop the standings but missed the Sochi event through injury, Zubkov making the most to win back-to-back titles.
Melbardis' victory meant he finished second overall while German Manuel Machata climbed into third.
There was also plenty to celebrate for Great Britain as they finished fifth in Sochi to end the season in the same position.