The 20 strongest teams, including the Lithuanian team, will be able to delegate relay teams to the Games. Mūsiškiai took the 16th place in the ranking (2574 points), at the same time winning the right to participate not only in relay, but also in sprint and personal races – four Lithuanian biathletes will take part in them. In case of success, such a number of Lithuanians could compete in the persecution (the 60 best participants in the sprint will take part in them) and in the joint start competition (30 strongest biathletes will compete).
Vytautas Strolia and Tomas Kaukėnas will take part in the Olympic Games for the third time, while Karolis Dombrovskis and Linas Banys will make their debut.
The best results in the history of independent Lithuania were recorded at the Games held in Pyongyang four years ago: T. Kaukėnas was 13th in the persecution, 17th in the sprint, and the mixed relay team made its debut at the Games (19th place).
“In terms of personal selection, I used to feel more confident. Before Sochi, I felt that I was most worth leaving, we were the strongest with Pyu before Pyongyang, and to this day I am certainly not number one, probably not number two. I’m glad the team has matured. We wanted to have the team still in Sochi and now, after so many years, we will have a chance. It’s fun to be a part of that team, “said T. Kaukėnas, a veteran of the national team.
Strolia’s highest position in Pyongyang, meanwhile, was 43rd in the persecution. He competed as a skier in Sochi eight years ago and did not rise above 67 places in the Games. However, during the last Olympic cycle, Anykštė entered the planet’s biathlon elite.
“When I drove to my first games, I couldn’t expect a high spot. In skiing, everything is very clear in terms of ratings, FIS points. When I was young I hoped that maybe the stars would somehow light up and somehow be better than I could be. The motivation for that game really gave me. I remember that then Vida Vencienė asked if I would return to the Olympics and I answered that yes. I came back, not in that sport, but with the goal of reaching the highest possible places. That experience brings its own, it will be possible to fight in Beijing, “said V. Strolia, who won the historic fourth place in the World Cup competition two days ago.
K. Dombrovskis, for whom the last Olympic cycle was the best in his career, did not lie in the Olympic spirit in Beijing for the third time: the Lithuanian representative, who has never been in the top 40 before, has earned nine points in the last four years.
“Remembering all three selections to the Games, the last one was earned. Maybe it’s good that then something went wrong because it would have happened unless through the hair. Of course, four or even eight years ago it would have been fun to participate in the Olympics, to gain that experience, but looking at it today, we are still more mature as a team and we will go to fight for honorable places instead of participating, ”said K. Dombrovskis. .
L.Banys, 23, will be the youngest member of the Lithuanian biathlon team in Beijing. By the way, the biathlete felt the Olympic atmosphere six years ago when participating in the Youth Olympics in Lillehammer. There, the Lithuanian won the high 13th place.
“I started to plan my career plan after the 2016 Youth Olympics. They were like a springboard for me, I achieved my best results and after those games I told myself that the next thing would be the Adult Olympics. In 2018, I joined Team A and so year after year, step by step, we came to Beijing as a team, ”said L. Banys.
In the fifth round of the Planet Cup World Cup, our team finished 17th. Rise was prevented by inaccurate shots: Lithuanians spun two free wheels and used 13 additional rounds. The winners of the competition were the Russians, who were 7 seconds ahead of the Germans and 23 seconds. – Belarusians. The Lithuanian team was 4 minutes behind. 49.5 sec.
The Lithuanian Men’s Relay will participate in the Olympic Games for the first time in history. By the way, ours took the highest place among the Baltic countries in the selection.
The Lithuanian women’s team, which did not have a relay, did not claim the team place. Holders of individual passports with the best average rating based on IBU points will be announced next week.
The Beijing Winter Olympics will take place from February 4-20.