Often, the moment never finds you. And sometimes, you never find your moment. We had that bronze medal in front of us at the Basketball World Cup on Sept 13, but could not keep France from coming behind in the final quarter to beat us 95-93.
“Seni krienai” (Old horseradishes) from Texas bagged the trophy at The 11th Lithuanian Embassy Basketball Tournament, Saturday, June 7th, after clinching a 66-65 victory against last year’s winner “Gelezinis Vilkas” (Iron Wolf) from New York.
As we wrote earlier, the Lithuanian Post has issued two stamps to commemorate the Winter Olympic Games commencing on February 7 in Sochi (Russia). The stamps feature bobsleigh and ice-hockey. The stamps dedicated to the Sochi Olympic Games have been created by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė, who won the tender.
But are those stamps original or just copies of the real pictures made by somebody else? As website www.dizainologija.lt published, the bobsleigh stamp has striking similarities with the picture made by the Italian sports photographer Tony Gentile. The picture was made for "Reuters". It looks like the Lithuanian Post issued a special stamp for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, featuring the British bobsleigh team. Hmmm? Not mentioning the fact, that, according to www.dizainologija.lt, it might have been done without the photographer's permission.
Lithuanian-American Anthony Kiedis with Red Hot Chili Peppers crashed the SuperBowl 2014 halftime! And earlier we were asking if there are any Lithuanians watching the game at the stadium.
We also asked:
Buy who new that there will a Lithuanian performing!
And yes, Kiedis was shirtless!
Watch the video of Kiedis crashing the party below.
Lithuania Post has issued two new postage stamps to commemorate the Winter Olympic Games commencing on February 7 in Sochi (Russia). The stamps feature a bobsleigh and ice-hockey players. The stamps dedicated to the Sochi Olympic Games have been created by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė.
Last Sunday (Sept 22) the whole Lithuanian nation was watching the Lithuania's men national basketball team in the Eurobasket final game. Lithuania had reached its first final since winning the title 10 years ago by beating Croatia 77-62 earlier. It's was aiming for its fourth championship.
Lithuania won the European title in 2003 and was bronze medalist at the 2010 worlds. However, over the past couple of years, it has had a tough go: it hasn't' made the podium in Europe since taking bronze in 2007.
The Lithuanians romped into the EuroBasket2013 final thanks to an 18-3 run early in the second half where it will face France who upset current Euro champ Spain.
Yet Lithuania will have to wait until next year to go for the gold. Lituania lost to France in the final game 66-80. Regardless of this last lost in EuroBasket2013, the tournament was huge success for a country of 3 million.
"We have three million people in the country. At this moment all of their hearts are bouncing like one ball." Donatas Motiejunas
Lithuania was not the favorite in the tournament. And indeed, Lithuania started the tournament with a loss to Serbia and was nearly bounced from the competition with a loss to Bosnia & Herzegovina on the final day of First Round action. But after a team meeting between the group stages, Jonas Kazlauskas's team raced through the rest of the tournament with five straight wins over France, Belgium, Ukraine, Italy and Croatia.
Against all odds, Lithuania has once again strengthened its status as a world basketball superpower.
To an outsider, a remarkable achievement of Lithuania in EuroBasket2013 might be surprising, but there is nothing strange about it.
Basketball is Lithuania’s national sport, and whenever the national basketball team appears on the international stage a nation of supporters watches their every move.
The sport of basketball is embedded in the hearts and minds of Lithuanians and, for many, watching games is similar to a religious observance - at the very least, most Lithuanians would agree it is an integral part of the culture.
As Donatas Motiejunas, one of the Lithuanian basketball players noted after the semifinal game with Croatia, "We have three million people in the country. At this moment all of their hearts are bouncing like one ball."
Above: Lithuanian fans celebrate victory over Croatia in Vilnius Siemens arena.
The swimming world has a new icon. She is a Lithuanian teen-age girl, and her name is Rūta Meilutytė. Rūta took the world by surprise last year when, at the age of 15, she became the youngest gold medalist in the London Olympics when she won the 100 m breaststroke. After that, she added to her trophy cabinet several other prizes. And now she broke the world record and won the World championship in Barcelona.
Regardless of her young age, she has already created a path in swimming which is such a bright light and will continue to shine for years and years to come. There is no doubt about it, Rūta is going to go down in history of Lithuania as the best swimmer ever.