LTeam Conference is an event where professional athletes, coaches, leaders, and employees of teams, clubs, and federations, as well as dedicated sports fans, may gain additional information and knowledge. In this unique conference professionals of their respective fields talk about global sports market trends, share personal experience and advice. Since 2017, every September LTeam Conference has been organized and held by the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee and the Lithuanian Olympic Fund.
So far the conferences have featured such speakers as director of Kaunas “Žalgiris” Paulius Motiejūnas, the Dakar Rally participant racer Antanas Juknevičius, Olympian high jumper Airinė Palšytė, President of the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee and Olympic champion Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, World and Europe’s champion Olympian discus thrower Andrius Gudžius, Europe’s champion and one of the two Lithuanians who have played in the WNBA Jurgita Štreimikytė-Virbickienė, senior physician of the Lithuanian Olympic team Dalius Barkauskas, representative of the Lithuanian Antidoping Agency Rūta Banytė, sports psychotherapist and pioneer of sports psychology in Lithuania Rinalda Germanienė, Lithuanian monofin freediving record holder Mindaugas Kreivėnas, President of the Lithuanian Triathlon Federation and world record holder of the deca-ultra-triathlon Vidmantas Urbonas, LKL “King of Air 2017” Gediminas Žitlinskas and many other prominent Lithuanian sports figures who shared their knowledge and experience.
Olympic Day is a mass family-friendly event that propagates sport and a healthy lifestyle. Its mission is to introduce various sports to society, to offer an opportunity of trying them out, and to encourage communication with federations, clubs, coaches, and athletes. “Move. Learn. Discover” is the global slogan of Olympic Day that invites everyone to be inquisitive and to discover the joy of the sport.
The history of Olympic Day started in January 1948, when at the 42nd IOC Session in St Moritz, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the idea of Olympic Day. This day commemorates the creation of the IOC and restoration of the Olympic Games during the I Olympic congress on June 23, 1894, in Sorbonne, Paris. June 23 marks the start of the modern Olympic Movement.
In Lithuania, Olympic Day was first celebrated on May 13, 1989. In the Gediminas Castle, the Olympic champion Šarūnas Marčiulionis lit a torch which then was carried in a relay through Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia until reaching Tallinn. Formerly, Olympic Day was celebrated by organizing the running of the symbolic Lithuanian Olympic mile – 1988 meters, symbolizing the year of the restoration of the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee.
In 2015, a festival of mass sports activities started taking place in Lithuania’s largest cities – Kaunas, Alytus, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, and Klaipėda.
In 2019, an attendance record was reached in Klaipėda, whereas many as 30,000 people attended the festival, tried out 100 different sports and Olympism-related activities, observed competitions, and learned about Olympic values and history. The festival featured a live performance by Monique and sports films viewings on the shore of the Baltic Sea.
The organizers encourage active participation in the festival by offering prizes. Before or on the day of the event the festival’s participants claim their Participant’s passport where they collect points by participating in various events. In the evening they can exchange those points into medals, souvenirs, and prizes.
The event is organized by the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee and the Lithuanian Olympic Fund. The municipality of the host-city, Lithuanian sports federations, and clubs help to ensure the quality of the ever-growing festival.
LTeam Winter Festival
LTeam Winter Festival is the biggest festival for winter sports enthusiasts. The Lithuanian Olympic Fund has been organizing the festival since 2014. The first LTeam Winter Festival took place in Ignalina, in 2015, 2016, and 2017 it was held in Druskininkai, in 2018 – in Jonava, and in 2019 as well as in 2020 it returned to Druskininkai.
In 2019, the family-friendly sports and entertainment festival lasted for the whole weekend and was attended by about 10,000 visitors.
LTeam Winter Festival follows the format of Olympic Day – all the participants are issued a free-of-charge Participant’s passport and participate in various sports activities to collect points which can be later exchanged into medals, souvenirs, and prizes.
The Festival’s programme features a multitude of different activities: from running, luging, and orienteering competition to contests of international sports teams’ mascots, sports film session, slalom canoeing, and performances by Lithuania’s best musicians.
Lithuanian snow volleyball championship was organized in 2020 and the winners earned the place to participate in European championships. A massive crowd came to a free concert of Saulius Prusaitis – approximately 900 people attended “Snow arena“ to party.
“I didn’t expect this festival to be this fun. There were so many interesting activities – I loved to have a chance to learn the basics of how to use a surfboard, I also attended the acroyoga workout which was held very professionally“, expressed her experience Tokyo 2020 Olympian sailor Viktorija Andrulyte.
Every year the members of LTeam show up at this festival to enjoy winter sports. You can also spot guests from other countries here too. There were participants from Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Northern Macedonia, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic or Poland at 2020’s event.
LTeam Awards is an annual ceremony for honoring Lithuania’s best Olympic sports athletes. During the awards ceremony, the winners of the following nominations are announced: Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Men’s Team of the Year, Women’s Team of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Breakthrough of the Year, and Victory of the Year.
Special awards are also given for winners of nominations Help to Athletes and Lifetime Achievements. Also, since 2017 the most popular Lithuanian athlete has been honored during the ceremony. The winner of this nomination is decided exclusively by an open public vote.
The winners of LTeam awards are chosen by representatives of Lithuanian sports organizations and the public. Athletes are nominated for their achievements from December 1 until December 1 of the following year. The voting takes place in the news portal lrytas.lt.
Lithuania’s best athletes:
1994 – Raimundas Mažuolis (swimming)
1995 – Remigijus Lupeikis (cycling)
1996 – Arvydas Sabonis (basketball)
1997 – Raimondas Šiugždinis (sailing)
1998 – Diana Žiliūtė (cycling)
1999 – Edita Pučinskaitė (cycling)
2000 – Virgilijus Alekna (athletics)
2001 – Rasa Polikevičiūtė (cycling)
2002 – Raimondas Rumšas (cycling)
2003 – Šarūnas Jasikevičius (basketball)
2004 – Virgilijus Alekna
2005 – Virgilijus Alekna
2006 – Virgilijus Alekna
2007 – Ramūnas Šiškauskas (basketball)
2008 – Edvinas Krungolcas (modern pentathlon)
2009 – Simona Krupeckaitė (cycling)
2010 – Simona Krupeckaitė
2011 – Laura Asadauskaitė (modern pentathlon)
2012 – Rūta Meilutytė (swimming)
2013 – Rūta Meilutytė
2014 – Rūta Meilutytė and Jevgenijus Šuklinas
2015 – Laura Asadauskaitė and Ramūnas Navardauskas (cycling)
2016 – Simona Krupeckaitė and Aurimas Didžbalis (weightlifting)
2017 – Airinė Palšytė (athletics) and Andrius Gudžius (athletics)
2018 – Rūta Meilutytė and Andrius Gudžius
LTeam Christmas is an annual social initiative by the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee, the Lithuanian Olympic Fund, and their partners. During this initiative sports equipment for no less than EUR 10,000 is given out to kindergartens and schools.
The initiative aims at helping as many as possible Lithuanian children discover the pleasure of safe and engaging sports and to create an even tighter community.
Everyone willing – companies, establishments, organizations, and individuals – may join the LTeam Christmas campaign. Also, every year sports equipment is gifted to schools and kindergartens by Lithuanian Olympians, who personally deliver these Christmas presents at the end of the campaign.