The Indian ice bullet – India's Shiva Keshavan once more has his sights set on the Winter Olympics, with Sochi to be his fifth appearance in the luge competition.
The Indian ice bullet – The best Olympic finish of his career was Turin 2006 in Italy, when he defied the odds to be 25th overall following his two runs.
The Indian ice bullet – At Vancouver 2010, he climbed up the order from 31st place from his first run to end up 28th overall.
The Indian ice bullet – When competing, he can hit a top speed of 135 kph, with just a small sled and his protective clothing between him and the ice track.
The Indian ice bullet – Keshavan took up the sport at the age of 15 in cricket-mad India after becoming inspired by the visit of a luge ambassador. He is a rarity as a Winter Olympian in his country.
The Indian ice bullet – Keshavan had the honor of carrying the Indian flag four years ago, but will have to compete under the Olympic banner in Sochi. India's Olympic association was suspended by the IOC and will not be reinstated before the February 7 opening ceremony.
The Indian ice bullet – Keshavan lacks the technology of the majority of his peers but is in discussions with Formula One team Force India about a possible link-up.
The Indian ice bullet – One of his biggest struggles has just been getting together the funds in order to make the start line in Sochi, which he has now finally ensured via the IOC and sponsors.