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2013-05-25 00:00:21

Student & Rower Griškonis Preparing for Rio's Olympics, Trains 3 x a Day

griskonis May 25th, the daily newspaper, "Lietuvos Rytas" published an interview with MRU Master's Degree student and European champion rower Mindaugas Griškonis.

He discusses his training, desire to take part in next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and how he will encourage his children to engage in amateur sports, as professional sports takes a toll on the body.

"From when I was very young, I always saw canoes and paddles," said the 27-year-old Griškonis. His parents were champion rowers who were recognized for their sporting prowess in the former Soviet Union.

He has taken part in the Beijing and London Olympics and dreams of a medal in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Griškonis trains three times a day and has only one half-day off on Sundays for rest.

He trains in the castle resort town of Trakai, known for its picturesque lakes. He also finds time to run in the Vilnius Vingis Park with his girlfriend Diana.

"Sports tempers not only the body, but also one's manner," Griškonis said in the interview. He said that due to the training required in sports, one becomes stu bborn, trying to seek the best results in other area's of life as well.

Griškonis is a student in MRU's Public Administration Master's Degree programme.