Basketball is one of the most popular sports in our country. For millions of people all over the world, it was precisely basketball that put the name of Lithuania on the map together with its star players such as Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Arvydas Macijauskas, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, coaches, referees and organizers. In a relatively short history of Lithuanian basketball (the first basketball game took place in 1922), the men's national team won three Olympic bronze medals, three times was the European champion, and once earned European silver. The Lithuanian national women’s team also took gold and silver in European championships. Youth and junior basketball teams of Lithuania also are recent champions of Europe.
Discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna won two Olympic Games;
Pentathlon athlete Andrejus Zadneprovskis is an Olympic silver medallist, while his teammate Edvinas Krungolcas won three European gold medals.
The world's strongest man also lives in Lithuania: Žydrūnas Savickas is the reigning champion and three-time winner of the Arnold Strongman title.
Jurgis Kairys, the first man to fly in the sky to the music, is the world leader in aerobatics.
Žuvėdra, the dance sport formation of unrivalled grace and expression, is a four-time world champion and five-time European champion.