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  • Shiva Keshavan, Olympic luger from India

  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Shiva Keshavan, Olympic luger from India

  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

Shiva Keshavan, Olympic Luger from India

Being the Fastest Man in Asia, not once, but two consecutive times, makes Shiva Keshavan one of the most unique sportspersons from India.

He was born in a small village in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2500 Mts. to an Italian mother and an Indian father. Despite a severe lack of sport facilities in his area, he went on to become the world's youngest Olympian in Luge at only 16 years of age in Nagano 1998.

Today, Shiva is qualified for his 5th Olympic Games. He has won the Gold medal at the Asian Championships for the past two years (2011 and 2012). He broke the Asian speed record at 134.3 kmph and and came 0.073 seconds from the Olympic record in the last edition of the Asian Championship in the 2012-13 winter and is well known as the face of winter sports in India. Shiva is a pioneer and self made man who had achieved everything despite not having access to most of what other world class athletes have. Being the only medal hope for India, he represents 1/6th of the worlds population and speaks over 6 languages.

Shiva has also been working with development initiatives at the grass root level for sports, the rural community, and the environment in India. He was an Arjuna award nominee in 2012 (one of India's highest sports award), is an executive board member of the Olympians Association of India, the Athletes' Commission of India and Asian Member for the World Olympians' association.

Shiva's sport, the luge, is a sport of precision and timing. Traveling at speeds of up to 150 kmph on a slippery and fast medium like ice, the athlete needs to change his trajectory with millimetric precision. Often the margins of error and differences between international athletes are in 1000ths of a second which puts a lot of emphasis on the precision of the equipment and technology.

At 31 years of age, Shiva is currently entering the age where athletes in his sport perform at their best and he has two more Olympic Games in his prime, with his goal set on winning the first ever Olympic medal for India at the Olympic Winter Games.

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