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Fourth-Place Medal

Watch: Indian luger trains for Olympics on mountain roads of the Himalayas

Fourth-Place Medal

So here's a conundrum: you're an aspiring Olympic luger, but there are no luge courses where you live. What do you do?

If you're Indian Shiva Keshavan, you take to the streets.

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"We don't have a luge track in India, so to practice what we do is we modify the sleds," Keshavan told Time. "We put roller wheels on them instead of the blades. And we go down the only place we can which is the mountain highway."

The mountain highway is in the foothills of the Himalayas and, as you can see, it's not a closed course.

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The 32-year-old Keshavan's interest in luge began 17 years ago when he was shown a video of the sport, followed by a screening of the cult classic, "Cool Runnings."

"For me, it wasn't suddenly I was thinking that I want to go to the Olympics, it's just I wanted to try it," he told Time.

The Sochi games in February will be Keshavan's fifth Olympics. He first appeared in the Nagano Games in 1998, where he finished 28th as a 16-year-old.

He won gold at the Asian Championships in 2011 and '12, and currently holds the Asian speed record at 89.042 mph.

If he were to win a medal, it would be the first ever in the Winter Olympics for India, the second-most populous country in the world.

 

 

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