TRADITIONAL SPORTS IN LITHUANIA Made by Ieva and Povilas 2012
We are very proud of our Olimpicchampions in swimming, pentathlon,rowing, boxing and wrestling.
swimmer Rūta Meilutytė
pentathlon athlete Laura Asadauskaitė
rower Jevgenijus Šuklinas
boxer Evaldas Petrauskas
wrestler Aleksandras Kazakevičius
We also like football but basketball is our second religion.
HISTORY OF BASKETBALL IN LITHUANIALithuanians started play basketball in 1920.
HISTORYThe first basketball game took place in 1922.
VICTORIESThe mens national team won threeOlympic bronze medals, three timeswas the European champions andonce they won European silver.
OUR TEAMSThere are 27 basketball teams inLithuania. The most famous are“Žalgiris” and “Lietuvos rytas”.
OUR TEAM IN OUR REGIONTeam “Rūdupis” is the nearest team to Šilavotas. It is Prienai basketball team.
LKL Lithuania hasgot“Lithuaniansbasketballleague”(LKL). The team“Žalgiris” isthe winner of“LKL 2012”.
THE NATIONAL TEAM IN LITHUNIANSThe head coach of National Team is Kęstutis Kemzūra, assistant coaches are Robertas Kuncaitis and Donaldas Kairys.
Famous Lithuaniasbasketball players
PRANAS LUBINASWas born in 1910 in Los Angeles;was a leader of Lithuania NationalTeam in 1937 and 1939;won Eurobasket gold medals withLithuania National Team;
MODESTAS PAULAUSKASwas born in 1945;was the first Lithuanian who wonOlympic medal with the SovietUnion;
RIMAS KURTINAITISWas born in1960;Was the sniperwho always wasselected to theSoviet Unionteam andLithuania’sNational team;
ŠARŪNAS MARČIULIONISWas born in 1964;Was the firstLithuanian who hadplayed in NBA;
ARVYDAS SABONISWas born in 1964;Many people say that heis the best Lithuaniasbasketball player ever;
ŽYDRŪNAS ILGAUSKASWas born in 1975;reached the most in theNBA of all Lithuanians;was drafted in NBA by20th pick 1 round;
LITHUANIAN BASKETBALLPLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED IN THE NBA:Arvydas Sabonis (Portland TrailBlazers, 1995-2001, 2002-03)Šarūnas Marčiulionis (Golden StateWarriors and other teams, 1989-1997)Žydrūnas Ilgauskas (still playing forCleveland Cavaliers)Darius Songaila (still playing forWashington Wizards)And others..
TO SUM UP Basketball is indeed the mostprecious sport in Lithuania more thanwhat you think of. Basketball for theLithuanian is not only sport, it is alsotheir kind of life philosophy and formany, it is their religion.
We have some songs for thebasketball fans. One of them is “Three Million” by Marijonas Mikutavičius.