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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 rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
21 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
21 Jul 2016

Paralympian Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
21 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
14 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
13 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
12 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas
Klaipeda
By Berta Tilmantaite
11 Jul 2016

Paralympian rower Augustas Navickas is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.

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Island of Twins (15 of 23)
Alabat Island, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
03 Feb 2013

There are around 60 pairs of twins in a small town on Alabat Island. Eudosia and Antonia are the oldest twins living in the island turning 82 next year,w hile the five month-old babies, Jane and Joy, are the youngest twins on the island.
According to the mayor, the population of the island is composed of .4% of twins of the 12,039 residents of their town. When he and his wife migrated to the island in 1980s they were amazed that the island had so many twins. As a matter of fact, the former mayor of the island had a twin brother. Town folks are shocked when they think they've seen that the dead mayor is alive, but later learn that the former mayor has a twin brother.
No studies have been conducted on the island as to why the prevalence of twins in this small town is growing. According to a study conducted between 1996 to 2006, the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society found out that there was 182% increase in multiple pregnancies in 35 year-old women due to the use of fertility drugs. Due to the remoteness of the island and the limited access to fertility drugs, other influences could be considered such as inheritance of twinning or the food intake of mothers.
According to Wikipedia, Yoruba in South Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, with 45-50 twin sets (or 90-100 twins) per 1,000 live births, possibly because of high consumption of a specific type of yam containing a natural phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to release an egg from each side.
The main source of sustenance on the island is farming and fishing and according to the oldest midwife in the island, heredity is the major culprit of twinning in the island, and so far, their island has the highest population of twins in the entire Philippines.