31st of August, 1974. Zodiac sign - Virgo
was born in
, formerly in the
(now - the
). When I was only 3 months old, because of my fatherís sport career, my
family moved to
, but these days a Lithuanian city), where we lived for many years...
As you could probably guess, I grew up in a family where sport was highly
valued, cultivated and encouraged. For years my mother worked in swimming
pool administration. My father was a Modern Pentathlon athlete in the
.So from the moment I was born it was inevitable that I would become
involved in this sport. My father would always take me to his training in
order not to leave me home alone and also to make my leisure time more
interesting. Due to this I had a lot of opportunities to observe him in
action. In time I became a pentathlon athlete myself. I never really
thought of getting involved in any other sport, because pentathlon was
highly dominating in my environment. In that sense I was different from
many other athletes, who came to pentathlon from swimming or other
disciplines. This was not the case with my younger brother, who also got
involved in sport, but chose instead soccer.
started Modern Pentathlon in 1989. This was marked with another change in
my life - again due to sport I moved to another city, this time it was
, and changed my coach.
From that moment, pentathlon became my life. I stayed in
until 1996, the year that was marked with my first Olympic Games in
. It was a difficult time in the sense that I worked very hard. I had to
decline a lot of activities that many of my friends were enjoying. However
I never regretted it. I was totally immersed in sport.
My first Olympic Games was very important to me, I wanted to have a highly
placed result, however no one really anticipated expected great
expectations for me, so the Games were also
a kind of festival for me. I really enjoyed it. One of the most enjoyable
things was that I could
meet, in person so many sport stars from
and the world. I took 12th place in those
Games. Even though I was very young, I was in a very good physical shape.
I probably could have
taken higher place, but I scored very poorly in shooting.
I met people who were to become very important in my future life. Some of
I should enter university, which I later did. After the Olympic Games I
moved to the capital
, where I currently live. In that year, as was suggested by some people, I
entered the former
, the faculty of Social work. This was one of the reasons for my move. I
spent 6 years in this university and graduated in 2002, receiving a Master
degree in Law.
When I moved to
, I once again changed my coach. He cared a lot about my future life, and
he was one of those who wanted me to study in the university.
My new coach also emphasized shooting skills, therefore my results in this
Basically 1996 was the year when my most significant successes in sport
occurred. One of my
most significant victories was in the 1997 World Championships where I
took 3rd place.
The first two places were taken by Sebastian Delegne and Dmirtyj
Svatkovski, the real stars in pentathlon at that time.
The year 2000 was especially fruitful for me. First of all I won the World
. Later I took part in the Sydney Olympic Games which were very different
from my first Games. I
went there as a favourite of the games. The expectations were set very
high for me. However once again, I performed poorly in shooting, but, my
results were better than in my first Games ...by 10 points. Even though my
shooting was not so good, I was still capable of getting a medal. However
I then had a poor result in riding which took away my hopes of a medal. In
the end, I was able to achieve only 7th place which was considered a
rather lowly result by the many sport specialists who had expressed such
high expectations. But I was quite happy about it.
The next Olympic cycle was full of significant victories. I won several
World Cups and the, European
Championships, however my main goal was that of so many athletes - I
wanted to get to the
next Olympic Games in 2004.
In 2004 the situation was very similar to that in 2000. I won the World
. It was very satisfying, however I experienced it as a kind of burden. I
went to the Games in
once again as a favourite, which added extra pressure to my situation.
However those Games were for me, much more successful. Though my shooting
was not very good yet again, I managed very well in other disciplines and
became the silver medalist, theĒ vice-championĒ. That was one of my
dreamcome-true events. Of course, I wanted to win, but
in sport a wish is not enough.
After the Games, in 2005 I had a tough time. After
big victories I became a little over-relaxed and therefore my results were
worse than before. As if that was not enough, I suffered a knee injury The
situation became even worse than on my last training before the World
). Whilst riding I broke my collarbone and had to undergo surgery where a
metal support was added. So 2005 was one of the worst years in my sport
career. During the last two years I have been preparing for the Olympic
. I took 3rd place in
the World Championships held in
. And this year I took 3rd place in the World Cup in
. Modern Pentathlon is
an amazing sport. Itís not only about speed and strength, but also about
mental toughness. It
includes such disciplines as shooting and fencing that are more mental
than physical. Although itís not as profitable as tennis, it brings
together and nurtures wonderful people, who are strong physically and
mentally. That helps a lot to find a place in life after sport.
I wish that pentathlon becomes even more popular and more profitable so
that athletes, after
they finish their sport career may have financial backup to start their
own business or another
activity they want.
you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. It was
quite difficult to put all my experience in one piece, so if you feel
thereís something missing ask me, it will be easier for
me to write an answer to you when I have concrete questions. I
also would like to say that when writing this presentation I received help
from my friend Lina, who
helped with English (so if you find mistakes, blame her!