It was a fun filled Saturday for EO members, especially the EO juniors, with Indian-Italian Luge champion Shiva Keshavan taking them through an exciting ice-skating session at the newly opened iSkate ice-skating rink in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon.
While the kids glided over the fresh white ice, the adults stepped more cautiously. But Keshavan, also known as “The fastest Indian on ice” after his personal record speed of 149.9 kilometer per hour, showed them how falling doesn’t necessarily mean failure.
“No one is born a champion. You become a champion through determination and hard work. No matter how hard you fall, you get to learn how to succeed,” said Keshavan, speaking of his own experience as an extreme sportsperson.
Luge consists of riding a light sled down an ice slope where the rider controls the sled movements through precise movements of his calf muscles and back. It is the fastest and hence most dangerous of the three Olympic sliding sports, which include Bobsleigh and Skeleton.
Asian Games gold medallist in 2011, Keshavan was first drawn to sliding sports at his home town, Manali. Born to an Indian father and an Italian mother, he was offered a chance to represent Italy in the winter Olympics but he chose to represent the country of his birth, India.
To show their support for Indian endeavors on the global stage, EO New Delhi presented Keshavan with a cheque of Rs. 50,000 for promoting Luge in India.
Speaking of his preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Keshavan said that he was working on his speed and timing, both of which are crucial, considering that Luge is one of the most precisely timed sports in the Winter Olympics.
Addressing the EO New Delhi members at the event, he added that “the ability to take charge, his passion and the sportsman’s spirit, which lets him rise after every fall, are essential components of a successful entrepreneur’s mental make-up.”
The champion also presented medals and Ice Age merchandise to the young Entrepreneurs in the making!