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    Shiva Keshavan

The Indian Olympian Who Didn’t Use Money As His Motivator For Success

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As the first Indian to compete in Luge at the Winter Olympics, the five time Olympian, Shiva Keshavan has achieved paramount success in the sport of Luge. Shiva also has the accolade of setting a new Asian speed record of 134.3 km/h, which not only earned him a gold medal in Asia Cup, 2011, but also beat the previous record of 131.9 km/h by a mile. In 2012, he set a new Asian track record at 49.590 seconds. Having won the Asian championship in Luge several times, the Olympian is a role model for young athletes who are looking to dominate in their respective sport.

Earning money from sports in India is still inconceivable. I still do not get any sort of payment for what I do; However, I enjoy my life as a sportsman which is the most important thing for me.”

Find motivation from within




The Olympian, who has always been inclined towards sports, was sent from his school to a talent scout training camp organized by the International Luge Federation. Shiva was noticed by talent scouts and was offered a chance to train in Luge, and went on to become the youngest person ever to officially qualify for the Olympic Games in Luge. Although a famous name in Luge, not all sports in India can generate a lucrative career, he says. Shiva goes on to say, “Earning money from sports in India is still inconceivable. I still do not get any sort of payment for what I do; however, I enjoy my life as a sportsman which is the most important thing for me.”

Apart from competing, what stayed with me is the friendship and respect that is born between athletes from different countries.”

Above and beyond monetary benefits

Money wasn’t the motivator for Shiva, and he saw a great deal of success in the sport of Lunge, nevertheless. Representing the country in the Olympic Games was a very proud and invigorating event in the athlete’s life and being able to win the Asian Championships for three years has been the highlight of his career, he says. Although success is a crucial part of the game, what impacted Shiva the most was the bond he created with fellow athletes from various parts of the world. He says, “Apart from competing, what stayed with me is the friendship and respect that is born between athletes from different countries.” He believes that all sports evoke the same emotions and teach the same lessons, and are all equal in nature. However, in India, if you have to judge by money or fame, there is an obvious difference.

“Sport has given me a lot of exposure and has also taught me about honesty, determination and many other important qualities that are helpful in the professional world.”

Lessons that last a lifetime

Being a sportsman has given Shiva loads of exposure and has taught him a lot as well. According to him, sports teach people a lot of values that individuals can incorporate in their lives too. He says, “Sport has given me a lot of exposure and has also taught me about honesty, determination and many other important qualities that are helpful in the professional world.”

Repeating history yet again

It’s safe to say that Shiva has embraced the opportunity and skill that he was blessed with and has transcended the expectations of the nation. The Olympian is now streaming his focus on the Olympic Games in Korea, 2018, and is determined to develop the sport of Luge in India. Shiva Keshavan is living his dreams and he wants everyone to have the courage to follow theirs. Your will is the only thing you need to take you to the place you want to go, he says.

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