A Five Time Olympian Indian Luger - The Story of Shiva Keshavan

Shiva Keshavan

Born and brought up in the state of mountain ranges of Himalayas, this young, talented and enthusiastic Luger – Shiva Keshavan, the world’s youngest person to qualify for the Olympic games and the first Indian to have won an international medal in any winter sport. He has represented India for over 20 years and competed in 5 Olympic Games and won 10 individual medals at the Asian level. The saying ‘Life is not full of Bed of Roses’ goes to Shiva’s life too as despite the lack of basic infrastructure or sport facilities, competing with a homemade set of equipment, no coach or track to train on and no funding, he rose to compete in the highest level of international sport. Shiva’s story is one of the overcoming hardships and a sole struggle against the odds to achieve a seemingly impossible dream.

Quick Facts

Known As Shiva Keshavan
Father’s Name Sudhakaran Keshavan
Mother’s Name Rosalba Lucioli
imd1 for Luge, Sport
Birthday 25th August 1981
  • Asian Luge Cup, Gold Medal - 2011 2012, 2017
  • Asian Luge Cup, Silver Medal - 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Asian Luge Cup, Bronze Medal - 2005, 2008
  • Asian Speed Record holder
  • World Record for Youngest ever Olympian
  • First Indian to qualify for Winter Olympics Games
Place from Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Your Quote for lifeNever Give In, Higher Faster Stronger

Team imd1 had a chat with this talented young enthusiastic Luger. Read on to know his story!

Beyond Luge

Favorite PersonalitiesEvery person has come with positives and negatives
Inspirations I get my inspiration from the actions of people around me
Food I Love Japanese
Food I Hate Fast food
Had I not been in Luge then… I always wanted to be a martial artist
Like Vacations at Home
Favorite Past time Reading, being in Nature
Favorite Dialogue You can get it if you really want