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I've been really enjoying what I can catch of the Olympics, but am now getting really excited about events I did not get to see - the games so far of the Lithuanian men's basketball team. 

This morning Lithuania beat China to win a spot in the semifinals, which means for sure a chance to play in a medal game. (Whether they can beat world champion Spain on Friday, will determine whether they play for Gold/Silver, or for Bronze). The team was not a medal favorite at the outset this time around, but is a perennial contender. They were 4th in Athens, and have three bronze medals since 1992 (the first year Lithuania competed since WW2). Lithuanian stars were also the core of the Soviet team that won the gold medal in 1988.

Oh, and an amusing little tidbit...Jonas Kazlauskas, coach of the China team, criticized the tactics of the Lithuanian team, which chose to double and triple team 7' 5" Chinese star Yao Ming. No, he's not Chinese...how did you guess? He's Lithuanian.

I just think it is too cool that a country of 3.5 million can excel consistently at a sport that is quite popular in much, much bigger countries! It's one of those fun little things about the Olympics.

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cathyweasley
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've only caught glimpses of the basketball but Yay! for Lithuania! I'm glad they beat China!
ms_arithmancer
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to hear my sister's reports. She is actually IN Lithuania right now, vacationing with her family...so she probably got to watch the game on a large screen in some crowded venue full of crazed Lithuanian fans.
nomeda_g
Aug. 21st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
well, at the time of the china-lithuania game, our sister was in Juodkrante visiting with some relatives out there. juodkrante isn't exactly the most happening place (though klaipeda is close by, but they don't have a car), so they may have not caught it. hopefully the catch spain vs. lithuania. i'm already stressed about it.
ms_arithmancer
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Do you happen to know when (US Eastern time) it starts? I wanna watch!!!
nomeda_g
Aug. 21st, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
8am, US eastern time, i believe... nice and in the middle of waking up and getting to work, though for you it might work nicer. :)

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