Ieva Januškevičiūtė. Photo by Jenn Virškus

The dream that came true: alpine skier Ieva Januškevičiūtė is ready for more

Ieva Januškevičiūtė, 20-year-old Lithuanian alpine skier, made her dream to take part in winter Olympic Games come true. At the age of 18, she broke Lithuanian national record of women’s alpine skiing FIS points. In 2013 she finished 81st in the Giant Slalom event in the World championships, and in 2014 she was the first Lithuanian woman to represent the country in alpine skiing in Sochi Olympic Games. […]

Ingrida Ardišauskaitė

Olympic skier Ingrida Ardišauskaitė: If we want champions, we need better conditions in Lithuania

Ingrida Ardišauskaitė is a 22-year-old Lithuanian cross-country skier who took part in two world cups and in the last Winter Olympic Games. Despite her young age, and the future seemingly still in front of her, she recently decided to retire. The conditions and the facilities in Lithuania are not good enough in order to grow up as a future champion, she says. She had to travel a lot, and now she feels more relaxed being finally home. […]

Ieva looking over the famous Golden Eagle jump

For small nations skiers, participation is important, but just finishing isn’t good enough

There are 69 countries represented here in Vail-Beaver Creek, Colorado, for the FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. Some of them are well-known in the ski racing world, and attend these and other big ski racing events with an entourage of coaches, doctors, trainers, ski technicians, and even personal assistants. But the majority of the field is made up of up-and-coming racers doing it mostly on their own, and many of them are from small nations like Lithuania, Latvia, Georgia, Israel, Brazil (at least in the ski racing world), and even Haiti and Mexico, countries that don’t even have snow. […]