This year I moved to another country and ran away from winter. It chased me with tons of snow, brought me so much fun on the slopes and… ran away from me. Now the grass is green, birds are singing and I am staring at the mountains, hoping that winter will be back with it’s sports adventures.
Last year I had a chance to be a part of Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. I have always loved winter sports, watching athletes compete with mountains, snow, ice and gravity. There is so much adrenaline, beauty and emotions. How can you not love it?
The medal does not always stand for victory. Sometimes an athlete stands on the podium of the award ceremony and does not feel happy. He should feel like a winner, but finishing second or third means that another competitor was stronger. Athletes are fighters and have big goals, so silver or bronze does not always bring joy, especially if someone snatched your ticket to the Olympics. Even if that someone is your friend.
I took these shots in Trakai (Lithuania), where kids, young athletes and best canoe and kayak rowers competed. Some of them fought for their right to become Olympians in Rio de Janeiro.
Once a year Vilnius becomes folded by those, who accept the challenge to run, bike, swim and solve puzzles. The city becomes full of people doing strange and sometimes crazy tasks in the teams of two. It is both a mental and physical challenge, however, everyone smile when seeing a camera, no matter how tired they are 🙂
Can you swim 1,5 km, bike 40 km and run 10 km? I guess triathlon, especially the Olympic distance is not for everyone. Today my good friend asked to make a few shots of extreme endurance performers. I think it does not really matter who is the first – everyone who reaches the finish line deserve a BIG respect.
I visited Azerbaijan for the first time last summer and I hope it was not my last time in Baku. I have spent almost a month there working during the first European Games and got a little time to investigate the city, but I really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far. Baku is rich in culture and crazy about sports. So, when anyone asks me “Where should I go for holiday?”, I always say “Go Baku”.
People who compete in triathlon are either very strong, or crazy, or both. It is a physical and mental challenge. Today they they jumped into cold lake just to find out who is the best. They looked like seals on the shore and like fish in the water.