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EDGARAS MATAKAS: The Same Dream
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Sep 2016

Edgaras’ disability class is reserved for those whose visual impairment is the most severe, i.e., the blind. In competition with other athletes in this category, the 17 year old Lithuanian reached three A level standards. He competed in the 50, 100, and 400 meter freestyle races this fall in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. He is the only swimmer who represented the Lithuanian team in the 2016 Paralympics.

This video complements four other videos featuring Lithuanian Paralympians, alongside eight long-form articles with accompanying still photos. The full multi-media story can be found here at http://nanook.lt/en/will-to-win-hidden Password: nanookwilltowin.

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AUGUSTAS NAVICKAS: 5 minutes of torture
Lithuania
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Sep 2016

Augustas Navickas is the first and only Lithuanian Paralympian rower. He grew up with the sport and had been training a lot before the spine trauma. His dedication to sport and the support of the people closest to him helped Augustas overcome the hardships that life threw at him. This year, at the end of May, he got a wild card to Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. This video complements four other videos featuring Lithuanian Paralympians, alongside eight long-form articles with accompanying still photos. The full multi-media story can be found here at http://nanook.lt/en/will-to-win-hidden Password: nanookwilltowin.

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LITHUANIAN GOALBALL TEAM: To hear the...
Lithuania
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Sep 2016

The goalball is the sports game that is gaining popularity with the blind and partially sighted people. In 24 minutes, two teams of three players each, wearing special eyewear that blocks all sight, have to throw the ball into their opponents’ goal. In order to win, athletes have to use senses rarely used in other sports to such extent. There are bells inside the ball, so they have to hear it, and the court borders and team zones are marked by a raised strip, so they have to feel it by touch.

Although the game is largely unknown in Lithuania, it is this Paralympic event that Lithuania is most famous for. Year after year, Lithuanian goalball players have been winning various awards, getting into the top spots of international ratings, and their names have been cited by their rival coaches when ironing out strategies. In the international goalball tournament in July, where a lot of strong teams participated, Lithuania became champions. To be precise, champions and runners-up, for Lithuania was represented by two teams, “Lithuania 1” and “Lithuania 2”.

This video complements four other videos featuring Lithuanian Paralympians, alongside eight long-form articles with accompanying still photos. The full multi-media story can be found here at http://nanook.lt/en/will-to-win-hidden Password: nanookwilltowin.

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TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES: The Everlas...
Lithuania
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Sep 2016

Four different stories of four different people. Paralympians Ramunė Adomaitienė, Mindaugas Bilius, Jonas Spudis and Kęstutis Skučas have more in common than only Lithuanian names and participant accreditations for the Rio 2016 games.
All of these athletes had to overcome a big trauma and begin a new different life in a new different body. Now they all compete successfully in the international arena, have many medals and records. However, usually their competition does not end at the stadium.

Life, as well as individual sport, requires an individual battle. After winning against stereotypes, fears and their own bodies, Ramunė, Mindaugas, Jonas and Kęstutis could probably calm down and enjoy their triumph. However, they are figthers and they do know that victory can be saved in the one possible way – if your work today is harder than it was yesterday.

This video complements four other videos featuring Lithuanian Paralympians, alongside eight long-form articles with accompanying still photos. The full multi-media story can be found here at http://nanook.lt/en/will-to-win-hidden Password: nanookwilltowin.

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OSVALDAS BARIKIS: Fighting shadows
Lithuania
By Berta Tilmantaite
01 Sep 2016

In 2013, Osvaldas Bareikis became the champion in the World Junior Judo Championship for Visually Impaired and participated in the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games in Seoul; he is also the winner of the Lithuanian Judo Championship for Blind and Partially Sighted. And he is the only representative of Lithuania in judo in his first, the 2016 Paralympics. This video complements four other videos featuring Lithuanian Paralympians, alongside eight long-form articles with accompanying still photos. The full multi-media story can be found here at http://nanook.lt/en/will-to-win-hidden Password: nanookwilltowin.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
29 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
25 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
25 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
25 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
25 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
25 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
25 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
24 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
24 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
24 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian Kestutis Skucas
Kaunas
By Berta Tilmantaite
24 Jul 2016

Paralympian Kestutis Skucas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.