Pre-race training marathon

Lithuanian alpine skiers are training intensively in the Alps for the season’s most important competitions—Lithuanian and World Championships, and other international races.

—Marius Grinbergas, sportas.infoTranslation by Jenn Virškus for

Lithuanian alpine skiers in Austria


A week in the Alps, a few days at home, and back to the mountains. That’s the kind of rhythm Lithuania’s alpine skiers are living this year, moving between training camps.

Lithuanian national team members Karolis Janulionis and Aivaras Tumas were training in Kaprun, Austria, with coach Audrius Santackas and other Ski Club Snow Bees members Oct. 27 – Nov. 5. At the same time, in Hintertux, another Austrian glacier, Anžela and Vytautas Aleksandravičius were working with the young members of their club, Alpiu Aidas—it was the club’s second camp in Austria this fall. On Friday, Lithuanian team members will be on their way back to Kaprun to participate in the European Ski Federation’s fall camp.

The most important races this season for Lithuania’s skiers will be the country’s national championships in Italy Jan. 12 – 19, the European Youth Olympic Festival in Romania in February, and the World Alpine Ski Championships in Solden, Austria, held also at the beginning of February. There will also be several junior/senior and children’s International Ski Federation (FIS) races.

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FIS Selection Camp

2009.06.28 – 2009.07.04

Three KE skiers, Marcelė Kuliešiūtė, Ieva Urbonavičiūtė, Ieva Januškevičiūtė participated in this years FIS Selection camp in Hintertux, Austria. The lived and trained with some 30 boys and 20 girls from 20 different countries. The competition was tough, since from these skiers, only 10-12 boy and girls would be selected to attend the next camp. All in all, it was a great experience for our KE skiers to ski with kids their age from all over the world; they came away from camp with improved skills on the hill, and many friends off it.