Our Heroes

Just before taking off to Lithuania, I wanted to pay tribute to our beautiful Lithuanian Olympic Champions! For such a small country like Lithuanian, I think we’ve done well! We had more opportunities, but weren’t strong enough, well, maybe in 2016 Lithuanian Athletes will do even better, but for now – you made us proud!

Lithuanian Olympic Champions 2012

Rūta MEILUTYTĖ –  the gold medal in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke with a time of 1:05.47, becoming the first Lithuanian swimmer since Lithuania’s Declaration of Independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 to earn an Olympic medal in swimming.

Laura ASADAUSKAITĖ –  a female Lithuanian modern pentathlete who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Jevgenijus ŠUKLINAS – a Lithuanian sprint canoer who has competed since 2003. World junior champion 2003 (Japan, Komatsu) He won three bronze medals in the C-1 200 m event at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, earning them in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Two times European champion in Pontevedra 2007 , in Trasona 2010. Silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Evaldas PETRAUSKAS – a Lithuanian boxer. He represented Lithuania at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics and won a gold medal. At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost to Jai Bhagwan (IND). He won the Olympic qualifier and went to the 2012 Summer Olympicsin London. At the 2012 Summer Olympics he won a bronze medal in the men’s lightweight division.

Aleksandras KAZAKEVIČIUS – In a final match of the men’s Greco-Roman wrestling 74kg on Sunday, Kazakevičius beat Denmark’s Mark Overgaard Madsen, world vice-champion in 2007 and 2009, 3-0. Kazakevičius also won 3rd place in this year’s European championship in Belgrade. In 2010 world championship, he came in 12th. In previous Beijing Olympics four years ago, Kazakevičius won 15th place. He is currently coached by Ryhor Kazouski and Ruslanas Vartanovas. Aleksandras won bronze in Greco-Roman wrestling in the London 2012 Olympics.

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