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2012-07-02 00:00:38

Olympic Rower Griškonis: Many Can Talk, But Not Everyone Can Win!

griskonis-2012 June 30th, MRU student and champion rower Mindaugas Griškonis told the daily "Vilniaus Diena" that although he thinks about winning a medal in the upcoming London Olympics, he doesn't talk about this.

"Everyone can talk, but not everyone can win," the 26-year-old Griškonis said.

He said that he doesn't feel pressure to bring home a medal and that he is taking part in competitions "for himself" and not for other people.

"We, professionals, take part in sports for ourselves and that is why pressure will not impact our results," he explained.

Griškonis was awarded a gold medal in the European Rowing Championships in 2009 in the M1 x2 km event that was held in Belarus. That gold medal was the first ever for Lithuania in this sport.

He said he has made progress during the last 4 years as he has grown stronger not only physically, but also psychologically as well as gained experience.

"We set tasks for ourselves and goals," the rower said.

Both of Griškonis' parents were rowers, but he said that had no influence on his choice to become a professional rower.

Despite a leg muscle injury, Griškonis said he is expecting to recover before the upcoming Olympics and has been undergoing therapy.

Griškonis is one of half a dozen MRU student athletes going to participate in the London 2012 Olympics.

Other MRU athletes traveling to London include: rowers Saulius Ritter and Rolandas Maščinskas, swimmer Giedrius Titenis, canoe rower Jevgenij Šuklin and pentathlon athlete Justinas Kinderis.