World Wide Warriors: Latvia
Anybody want to visit Latvia? There’s a 7-foot tour guide willing to show you around his home country.
Davis Rozitis, junior forward for the Hawaii basketball team, has become a fan – and media — favorite in part because of his outgoing personality.
“A place where you definitely have to go,” Rozitis said in describing Latvia. “If people from Hawaii would just notify me that they are coming out, I would show them some hospitality. Just like you guys are showing me some here.”
Of course, the weather in Eastern Europe can be quite different from Hawaii. The winters are especially cold, and Rozitis said even the summers can be cloudy and rainy.
Not surprisingly, he said ice hockey is the most popular sport in Latvia, although basketball and soccer are also popular. Rozitis, again perhaps not surprisingly, did not partake in youth hockey in his home country.
“I don’t know actually how to skate,” he said. “I’ve skated one time in my life … while holding on the sides, I made it one lap and didn’t like it. Since then never stepped on ice anymore.”