2019 European Games: Moments I will never forget

-Are you from Armenia?




-I have been in Yerevan. Beautiful city and very kind people!

-Da, I know!

I speak Russian but I didn’t really enjoy speaking it until recently. I had never been to a Russian-speaking country until visiting Belarus for the European Games. And here it is, the feeling of being cool when I can actually talk to Belarusians in their own language (they have their language – Belarusian, however most people use Russian). The Soviet Union was long gone when I was born but I have been growing up watching Russian cartoons and movies, so it has had a great impact on me. I have had Russian at school, but then partly forgot it when I started using English more.

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Adventures in Egypt

Me and my friend Matthew Abela from Malta came third in the Egypt International in mixed doubles in October 2018. We had never played mixed doubles before. Egypt was our debut and it went pretty well, even though we had no expectations to win a medal. But see, sometimes life sucks and you get what you don’t deserve. We are working so hard on court every day to get better in singles and then we go and do amazing job in a discipline we have never practiced. Continue reading “Adventures in Egypt”

A road full of challenges

Have you ever had that “down” part of your life, you feel so broken in the head, you don’t even want to wake up? Your logical mind tells you that you should be happy, yet you have that unmistakable feeling of hopelessness that seems like it is here to stay forever. You try to find the motivation to do the things that you know you want to do, but to do them seems like more effort than it is worth. The road to something special is full of challenges, yet you seem like you can’t find the power anymore to overcome them.

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The Importance of Social Media for an Athlete

Social media as a tool of inspiration

Athletes are more than people participating in sports. They are an inspiration or a role model for most of us. Reading a fact about our favorite athlete on Wikipedia or somewhere else is not enough. We want to get into their life, follow their lifestyle, see what they do during the training, what they eat, where they go, what they do when they are not training.

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The Unique Badminton Hall (+ Հայերեն տարբերակը)

A “Mental Lesson” From The Badminton Hall

“Lilit, the badminton hall where you were training in Armenia… how could you practice there?”

This question is the top question that people ask me in Denmark. All the videos on facebook and Instagram that I uploaded to promote badminton in Armenia and just to make my Armenian friends understand what sport I am actually doing, all those videos had the right impact on Armenians on the one hand, but a wrong influence on Europeans on the other hand.

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Connecting the Dots. From Music to Badminton (+ հայերեն տարբերակը)

Steve Jobs, Music and Badminton and More…

In one of his public speeches Steve Jobs – the CEO of “Apple” and one of my favourite public figures stated the following: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.”

I read Steve Jobs’s biography book by Walter Isaacson this summer before coming to Denmark. Besides getting to know the fact that Jobs was raised in a partly Armenian family, I was deeply impressed by the way Jobs used to look at things differently which eventually brought him great success (with all the ups and downs…).

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My First Month in Denmark

First “First place” in the first tournament in the first month

     When I was at University in Armenia, the lecturer of our journalism lesson told us to write three sentences about a theme “The first…”. Of course I wrote something about sports, about winning, about being the first… Now when I won my first tournament in Denmark, I was like: “Wait, I was right!”

     Sorry, I don’t remember what I exactly wrote there and I couldn’t find it in my laptop as well AND I couldn’t find the email that I sent to my lecturer because my email account was hacked… anyway, I finally felt that sweet feeling of victory in my very first local Danish tournament – Li – Ning Valby Open 2017.

     I didn’t expect this tournament to be so huge. And I didn’t expect me to play well either. I used to always fail in tournaments abroad and maybe I have had 4-5 really good matches outside since I started playing badminton. But this one here, I was really surprised in the way I was fighting to win every rally.

     My first match was against my good friend Justine from New Zealand. Before the draws came out, me and Justine had this kind of conversation:

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