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.