Leila, Liina and Lily Luik, are fulfilling their “Trio to Rio” dream as they are set to become the first set of triplets to compete in the same event at the Olympics Games.
The sisters only took up running seriously at the age of 24 and will make history this summer when they represent Estonia at the Olympic games in Rio, Brazil.
“We have been active since childhood. We love dancing. We love to be active, and this pushed us to professional sports,” Lily Luik told Reuters.
“We saw … after one year we had good results in Estonia, and we thought we could achieve something good also outside of Estonia,” she added, “and to do some big competitions like European Championships and the Olympic Games.”
When the Luiks competed in the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, they became the first triplets to do so in that competition.
To actually take home a medal
“would be great,” the sisters told Reuters. “It’s like our dream, and we know that we have to live in reality. It is very hard to compete against the Kenyan runners. We are not at the same kind of level as they are now, but in two or three years we can do that.”