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2013.08.12 08:38

The road to Sochi goes through Argentina

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.08.12 08:38

Snow, rain or sun. Temperatures are around zero degrees in the valley and much colder on the mountain, writes Marius Grinbergas, as published on sportas.info and kalnuslidinejimas.lt. 

Snow, rain or sun. Temperatures are around zero degrees in the valley and much colder on the mountain, writes Marius Grinbergas, as published on sportas.info and kalnuslidinejimas.lt.

That is what the Argentinean winter has been like since 12 July for alpine skier Rokas Zaveckas. The 17-year-old candidate to the Lithuanian team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics will train in South America until 4 September.

Until 2 August, the talented alpine skier was participating in an International Ski Federation camp based in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. After that, he travelled with his father Giedrius Zaveckas through Argentina to Eskel.

Until the end of the the camp, Zaveckas plans to participate in 13 races in Argentina and Chile. The skier missed most of the last season due to an injury and is only in the mountains for the second time this season – a week before he left for Argentina, he was training on Austria’s Hintertux glacier. He also trained in Druskininkai’s ‘Snow Arena’.

“Every day I feel stronger,” said the 17-year-old chasing his Olympic dream.

In Eskel, the Zaveckas men visited the Lithuanian museum. The Patagonian town with a population of  about 30,000 opened a Lithuanian square in 2007. Eskel is one of the few South American cities in which Lithuanians lived before the beginning of the 20th century.

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Games will be held on 7-23 February in Sochi, Russia

Lithuania plans to send two alpine skiers: a man and a woman. The Olympic candidate list includes Rokas Zaveckas and Ieva Januškevičiūtė. But they are not guaranteed a spot in the team. Who will represent Lithuania in alpine skiing will be clear in January of next year.

  

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