Winter Olympics 2018: Shiva Keshavan says representing India for the past 20 years has been a celebration

Keshavan, the poster boy of winter sports in India for the last 20 years, brought the curtains down on his international career after taking part in his sixth Winter Olympics in South Korea.

PTI February 12, 2018 23:15:50 IST
Winter Olympics 2018: Shiva Keshavan says representing India for the past 20 years has been a celebration

Pyeongchang: A day after he quit the sport during the Winter Olympics, luger Shiva Keshavan on Monday said that representing the country for two decades has been "nothing short of a celebration".

The 36-year-old Keshavan, the poster boy of winter sports in India for the last 20 years, brought the curtains down on his international career after taking part in his sixth Winter Olympics in South Korea.

He finished 34th in the men's luge singles event, his last international competition.

Winter Olympics 2018 Shiva Keshavan says representing India for the past 20 years has been a celebration

File image of Shiva Keshavan. AFP

"I started my Olympic journey as a young, 16-year-old. They say time flies when you enjoy what you're doing. Here I am, 6 Olympics old. What an emotional and exciting ride its been," Keshavan said in the first of a series of tweets.

"Every minute, every race representing this wonderful country has been nothing short of a celebration. Thank you!," he said.

Son of an Indian father from Kerala and an Italian mother, Keshavan has represented the country in six consecutive Winter Olympics since the 1998 edition in Nagano, Japan.

He is the reigning Asian champion in luge and the speed record holder. He has won Asian Luge Championships in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017.

Keshavan thanked his family, friends, the IOA, the sports ministry, the SAI, his sponsors and supporters from India and abroad "for the exceptional support extended in the last couple of days as well as the 20 years of my career".

"Thank you for keeping me motivated and pushing me to be my best."

Meanwhile, the other Indian in the fray, cross country skier Jagdish Singh began his training runs today. He will compete in the 15-km Nordic skiing freestyle event on 16 February.

Jagdish arrived in Pyeongchang just in time for the opening ceremony on 9 February after his departure from India was delayed due to confusion over who will accompany him as coach

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