Shiva Keshavan

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Shiva Keshavan
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Personal information
Born (1981-08-25) August 25, 1981 (age 32)
Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
Website website
Country  India
Sport Luge
Event(s) Men´s singles
Turned pro 1998
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 134.3km/h

Shiva Keshavan (born August 25, 1981) is a five time Olympian and the first Indian representative to compete in luge at the Winter Olympic Games. He set a new Asian speed record at 134.3 km/h (83.5 mph) after beating the previous record of 131.9 km/h (82.0 mph) and won gold medal in Asia Cup 2011 at Nagano in Japan. In 2012, he set a new Asian track record at 49.590 seconds.


Keshavan picked up luge when he was selected at a training camp in Himachal at the age of 15.[1] Keshavan won the Junior National Ski Championship in 1995 at the age of 14. He attended a luge camp conducted by world champion Günther Lemmerer. Keshavan was selected as a promising young athlete and went on to become the youngest person to ever officially qualify for the Olympic Games in luge. He was offered to represent Italy in 2002, but refused. In 2014, Keshavan competed at the Winter Olympics in Sochi as an Independent Olympic Participant due to the suspension of the Indian Olympic Association.

Personal life[edit]

Keshavan is the son of an Indian father from Kerala and an Italian mother. He was born and brought up in Manali, Himachal Pradesh and attended Lawrence School, Sanawar.[2] He married Namita Agarwal, a former classmate at school, who is also his sports manager. He studied humanities and political science at the University of Florence and received a Master's degree in International relations from the University of Florence.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Arjuna Award, Government of India - nominee
  • Parshuram Award, Government of Himachal Pradesh - nominee

Other activities[edit]

Keshavan has been promoting the cause of winter sports in India. A grassroots level luge camp was held in India by Keshavan in 2009 for 50 young athletes interested in trying the sport.[3] 10 were selected to form to Junior National Luge team to train in Japan, an initiative of Keshavan's along with the Indian Amateur Luge Association.

Popular culture[edit]

Keshavan gained some fame after a training session during which he fell off his sled and yet managed to climb back on and complete the run; the video of the training run was shared widely on the internet.[4] Keshavan became an overnight sensation after this incident.[5]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Shiva Keshavan". Archived from the original on 2001-02-24. 
  3. ^ Bolan, Kim (2009-11-06). "Indian luger Shiva Keshavan defines ‘makeshift’ for 2010 Games". Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2009-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Indian luger Shiva Keshavan crashes, then makes amazing save". Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Indian Luger Shiva Keshavan becomes overnight Sensation at Sochi". IANS. Retrieved 8 February 2014.