1998, Nagano, Japan. A young 16 year old boy was writing his name into the record books as the youngest ever to take part in Luge at the Winter Olympics. When you think winter sports you think about mountains, snow and temperatures below freezing point. Its not common for a person to associate a tropical, typically hot country like India with winter sports. Yet, an Indian has left his long lasting mark at the Winter Olympic Games.
Representing your country at the Olympics is probably the most prestigious thing for any sportsperson. Its a privilege that only the most able athletes get. Participating multiple times? Not something most would dream of. Our very own Shiva Keshavan has made it to the games SIX times. That also puts him in second place for most Olympic games by any athlete representing India.
Shivas contribution has been immense. After having no representative in the 1994 Winter Olympics, India made a comeback in 1998 with Shiva as the sole member of the Indian contingent. Not only did he put India back on the winter games map, but he also holds each of the 10 medals won by an Indian in winter sports.
20 Glorious years of competing at the highest levels, 10 Asian Championship medals, 6 Olympic games, 1 legend.
Asias fastest luge pilot, Indias one in more than a billion is an absolute fire on ice!
Pyeong Chang 2018 was probably the last time we saw him go by his trade, but, its about time we show the respect and appreciation he deserves.
Its about time we worship one more Shiva from the Himalayas.