The 22nd winter Olympic Games will start at February sixth in Sochi, Russia. Lithuania will send to the games nine athletes who will take part in five different sports.
Lithuanian president, Dalia GrebuskaitÄ— said On 19 December 2013 in Brussels, Belgium, that she won’t go to the Games due to Russiaâ€™s politics, but the Lithuanian athletes will come to get good results. In alpine skiing, Lithuania will sent two competitors; Rokas Zaveckas will race in men’s giant slalom and men’s slalom. Another participant in the alpine skiing is Ieva JanuÅ¡keviÄ?iutÄ— who will compete in women’s slalom.
Lithuania will have also two competitors in biathlon races. In males category, Lithuania will be presented by the 24-year old Tomas KaukÄ—nas while in the female category, the 30-year old Diana RasimoviÄ?iÅ«tÄ— will race under the Lithuanian flag.
In cross – country skiing, Lithuania also will enjoy from two participants as wll. Vytautas Strolia will race in three events; men’s 15 km classical, men’s 30 km skiathlon, and men’s 50 km freestyle. To the women’s race, Lithuania will send Ingrida ArdiÅ¡auskaite, who will race at the women’s 10 km classical race.
Lithuanian president Dalia GribauskaitÄ— had initially refused to give citizenship to 28-year old ice dance Deividas StagniÅ«nas’ partner, the 22-year old Izabella Tobias. Tobias who was born in New York, United states, recently represented Georgia. This would be second time that Deividas StagniÅ«nas would be unable to participate in the Olympic games due to his partner’s citizenship requests, hadn’t president decided to give citizenship to Tobias on December the second, 2013. Now Tobias and stagniÅ«nas will be able to compete for the first time in the Olympic games. In 2013 World championships,Tobias and StagniÅ«nasÂ qualified to Sochi Olympic games.
Photo: Izabella Tobias and Deividas StragniÅ«nas atÂ 2011 | Source: www.wikipedia.org
In short track speed skating, the 19-year old AgnÄ— SereikaitÄ— will race on 500 meters, 1ooo meters, and 1500 meters races. SereikaitÄ—, during the 2013 season won bronze medal for Lithuania in Univirsiade games that took place in Italy and will hope to repeat the good performance in the Olympic games in Russia.
The national flag bearer in the opening ceremony will be the ice dancer Deividas StragniÅ«nas.