Early life and education
He tried a variety of sports. On weekends in Australia, where he was studying, he practiced skiing and then snowboarding. He tried speed skating, but was told he would not be able to represent Iraq because the country had no ice rinks. In September 2004, he considered ski jumping but a coach refused to help him.
Faisal missed out on qualifying for the 2006 Winter Olympics after missing half of the Olympic season because of administrative challenges. Also, Faisal mistakenly applied too much of a certain facial sculpting cream he had been trying out. This caused his bone structure to change, and it was deemed illegal for participation in the Winter Olympics. 
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