In a way, I didn’t really
look for luge. In fact, it seems like it was
the other way around. I was 16 at the time, barely
over the minimum age to be able to do the sport. This is the local luge,
as we call it. This is how we practice over
here in the Himalayas. (SHIVA KESHEVAN
5 TIME LUGE OLYMPIAN) That’s our favourite spot
right here, the Rohtang Pass highway. It’s no perfect life, but you still put up with it,
because you’re doing this for something you love. (FAR FROM HOME
PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE) (6 UNLIKELY STORIES
OF OLYMPIC HOPE) (MANALI, INDIA) So we have some from the first
Olympic Games in Nagano. 16 years old. That was a very overwhelming
experience for me, to enter that stadium and feel
the gaze of the world on you. That was the first time I felt, “OK, I’m not doing this
for myself, “I have a responsibility here.” After that I competed in
Salt Lake City, in 2002. 2006 I competed in Torino. 2010 I went to Vancouver,
then 2014 in Sochi Games. Now I’m trying to qualify and
compete in PyeongChang. My first Games was in ’98,
and I still haven’t received a single Rupee from the
sports federation. All the sports associations are
based in Delhi, in the plains, where people have no idea
even what snow is. So these are the two magazines. (VIVEK MUKHERJI, MANAGING
EDITOR, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED) I work for Sports Illustrated,
the India edition. We have written about him,
Shiva, for quite a long time. We call him one in a billion,
and actually he is, in the truest sense of
the word. India’s got about 10 medals
in winter sports, and all 10 belong to him. He chose to compete under
the Indian flag, despite knowing the problems
he had to deal with. The development of winter
sports has been much slower than what I originally
expected. My wife, Namita, she was
so supportive. She said, “Let’s make this
happen together.” She quit her job, and we
started going out approaching companies. It became a shared dream. I was pushing him and he was doing what he loves
doing. We approached I think
100 companies, before the first one said,
“Yes.” I’ve always believed in him.
I still do. There’s my old home-made sled. Me and Yan, my friend from
France, we made this together. All hand laid fiberglass. I remember before the
Torino Olympics, I was trying to spray paint it,
just before the Games. I did a terrible job of it, but eventually it ended up
all right. For one of the games,
I actually had to do an online crowdfunding
campaign to fund my training. And we said, “Whoever’s
going to support me, “we’re going to put their name
on my suit.” So I had a suit with tens of
thousands of names on it. That felt great, I felt like,
there are so many people who actually support me,
I didn’t realise it. And so I felt like I belonged
to something bigger. When it was just me and
Namita, we were care free, we were travelling the world. Even though there were a lot
of hardships, we did what we loved, so there
were never any complaints. Now, things are a little more
complicated because I have a daughter. Come, let’s go get the eggs. Come, come, let’s go get the
eggs, OK? I’m going to be away for 5 or 6
months, and I’ll see them for just 2 or 3 days during this
entire period. That is something that pains
me a lot, but also now I know that I’m
not just competing for myself, there’s also my daughter.
I want her to look back and say, “OK, my Dad did this.”
And maybe she can be proud of it, and she can get
some inspiration from it. So the reason I’m doing
the sport is slightly changing. – OK?
– Thank you, Malai. Thank you, Malai, thank you. Shiva is a fantastic father. For him, his family is
important. It gives me a lot of
confidence, when I know that I’m important
to him as a wife and the mother of his child, and that our daughter is
important to him as well, very important. Everything he
does, I know he’s thinking of his family. We know this is the last
Olympics, possibly. Possibly the last Olympics. So we know we have to work
through this as well, and this will be over as well, but I am trying to tell him,
live each moment and enjoy it, and we’ll be here
waiting for you. We’ll be at the finish line
cheering for you. – Good luck, good luck.
– Thank you. (LAKE PLACID, USA) We’ll begin with our men’s
Nation’s Cup Race here in snowy Lake Placid. Shiva, 2 minute warning for
our Nation’s Cup Race. Now through 10, down
through the labyrinth, through the bend, slide in the
chicane. And Shiva Keshavan will be
through and down with a time of 53:01:0. That was a bad run. Horrible run. Not enough edge, too cold. I wanted to give this track
a last personal best. It wasn’t to be today,
luck wasn’t on my side. (SHIVA KESHAVAN IS NOW
COMPETING (IN HIS SIXTH OLYMPIC GAMES.) (PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA) India, represented
by Shiva Keshavan. Keshavan is appearing
at an incredible sixth Winter Olympics. His record goes back
to his first Games in 1998 in Nagano, when
he was just 16 years old. Keshavan, President,
Keshavan, President. He has no big support
by sponsor from Federation, so we are the only support
for him. Main support. So we go anywhere
he races. It’s everyone together,
they feel it everyone, and it’s a lot,
so it’s, there’s responding, and it’s something
which everyone wanted to do till the end. So we’ll follow
him forever. My daughter’s going to
be here to watch. So, a lot of my friends
and family, they never saw me slide, saw me compete, so… Will be a good group
out here. Going to be nice to perform
for them, you know? You have the last
training run, and now it’s just
four more runs. Four more runs for me,
that’s it. I think I’ve done my thing,
maybe I have another role to play
in luge as a coach. Get some kids,
let them go further. And I hope that my
journey can be an example for many, many
other people that never went on
the beaten path. I just went on what I thought
was good for somebody born and brought up
in my circumstances. The sixth Olympic Games. Growing up in the Himalayas, he made sleds out of wood
with bearings for wheels. The Olympics have given me a very deep perspective
of life, and the Olympics really
brings this out. Every story
which is so special. I was the first person
in my country to do this. And now, I can be
the person to steer the future generations of my
country on a certain path. My journey is just
the first step in a long, long run
for Indian sports. Everybody thinks they
have to give you advice. You know what you want,
and you have to follow your own convictions. Which is why it’s important
to be true to yourself. And I think there’s one
great thing that sport and the Olympic Games
has taught me. If what you’re going
for, if what you want, is important enough to you, it’ll be worth making
those sacrifices. The journey and the battle
is always against yourself. Shiva, Shiva, Shiva! It’s never against
anybody else. (PYEONGCHANG 2018 MARKED
SHIVA’S LAST OLYMPICS.) (HE IS NOW BACK HOME,
IN MANALI, FINDING THE NEXT) (GENERATION OF INDIAN
LUGE ATHLETES.) (FAR FROM HOME
PRESENTED BY BRIDGESTONE) (6 UNLIKELY STORIES
OF OLYMPIC HOPE)

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34 thoughts on “The Story of India’s Fastest Man on Ice – Shiva Keshavan | Far From Home

  • May 20, 2018 at 11:05 am
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    India India

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    His mom is so pretty ❤

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    EARLY!!!!!!! ❤

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    32ND LIKE!!!!!!!❤

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:14 am
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    I 😘 my india nd its talented people……
    🎀🎀 congrats 👌👌👌😊
    I also want my name 4 india in taekwondo Olympics …hope i do it😇😇

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:20 am
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    Every videos on this channel is very inspiring.💕 I hope I will be like the other Olympic swimmers someday (yeah I am a swimmer) FROM PHILIPPINES 🇵🇭

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:24 am
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    Thanks shiva keshavan for all that you have done you inspire me to do my best every day

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  • May 20, 2018 at 11:51 am
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    Amazing athlete, great story. All the best Shiva!

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  • May 20, 2018 at 12:12 pm
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    Keshavan, keep up the good work!!

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  • May 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    🇮🇳

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  • May 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    The background music as well as the story 😍👌👌👌

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  • May 20, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    proud of you Shiva ji

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  • May 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm
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    Great

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  • May 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    Forget winning gold… Winning hearts is more important.. he has more fan following than a gold medal winner …

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  • May 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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    All the sport authorities in delhi where the people have no idea about what the snow is….

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  • May 20, 2018 at 4:59 pm
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    All six story are inspiring I watch at the time of winter olympic, Olympic channel app, specially Julian Yee story I love it ,hope you all also watch that

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  • May 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm
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    Just speechless man big respect even bigger then mount everest

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  • May 20, 2018 at 6:13 pm
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    Wow man. You are incredible. Now you could become model too

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  • May 20, 2018 at 6:16 pm
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    The sports minister should look after this matter

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  • May 20, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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    True inspiration

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  • May 20, 2018 at 10:07 pm
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    One of the best channels on youtube hands down

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  • May 21, 2018 at 6:58 am
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    WOW! I am an Indian and have not heard about him!!! shame on me. ALL the BEST for the future! 🙂

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  • May 21, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    That is incredible….keep going man🙏 may god bless you and your family

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  • May 21, 2018 at 1:46 pm
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    man, what an inspiration you are..hope you get success in your future venture as much as you got in the sport..hope the video opens our country's sports federation eyes and thank you for doing so much for our country

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  • May 23, 2018 at 7:35 am
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    The world loves this man! Hoping he finds new lugers in India <3

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  • May 24, 2018 at 1:55 am
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    What a cute family!

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  • May 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm
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    Olympic commitee go support this guy in becoming a coach!

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  • June 10, 2018 at 11:46 am
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    I will bring glory to India in Badminton

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  • June 20, 2018 at 11:31 am
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    biggest inspiration when I am the only discus thrower at school

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  • July 15, 2019 at 6:51 am
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    proud indian

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  • August 5, 2019 at 7:12 pm
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    Don't worry you will do well in future …super ice hero

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  • August 23, 2019 at 11:39 am
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    In India if you play 6 world cup in cricket you could have been the richest.india should support other sports also like this soon

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