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Mar 26, 2009 at 03:43pm IST

Indiaâ??s only luge pilot hopes for Olympic win

New Delhi: Shiva Keshavan is India's only luge pilot and could be another athlete who may bring us Olympic glory at the Winter Games in a few months time.

Keshavan sits on the cusp of a unique achievement and in 2010 he will join a select band of Indian sportspersons who have competed in four Olympics.

"It is incredible how time passes by. Sometimes I don't remember my age. It is 28 but still I think I have until Sochi 2014. So until I am 33-34 I will be at my peak," says Keshavan.

Being the first Indian to take up winter sports competitively, Keshavan has had to run from pillar to post for recognition and sponsors. But now not only has he found backers, he has also achieved the qualification time for the Vancouver Olympics.

"I remember the time when I had to carry my sledge from the airport to the station and I had 60 kgs of equipment. So maybe you can say that determination is there," he says.

Research and development though remains a grey area. Keshavan, who won bronze at the Asian Championship in December, knows that he will have to knock off half a second off his timing to challenge for a medal.

"Equipment is something that I really need to work on because in these two years that I was absent they have got new materials on the circuit and I have to figure how I can get my equipment on point," he adds.

With under a year to go now, Keshavan is racing against time to achieve his goal of an Olympic medal.