2018 Winter olympics officially known as XXIII olympic winter games is planned to take place between 9th and 25th February on South korea. Being an Indian, was curious to know the count of participants in the olympics. To be frank I wasn’t interested on sports before baby but now might be due to the hormonal changes, have liking more towards the games. So olympics grabbed my attention. This might be due to over thinking of fine motor and gross motor skills, lol.
Being an emotional person I am afraid of even small things. But when I checked the games involved I liked skeleton but I really don’t know how will i react if my daughter says she wants to take up luge or skeleton as a profession. If she says so let’s hope I will accept it too in shaa Allah.
So India is sending two atheletes to the winter olympics and we are concentrating on two sports as winter games are not our cup of tea. We are participating on Luge and cross- country skiiing.
Last time we had 3 participants and 3 events but this time its 2 participants and 2 events.
Its going to be the last year for olympics by Shiva keshavan, competitor in Luge.
So let’s learn what is Luge all about
Luge is a winter sport that is contested on a specially designed ice track where the gravity increases with the sled’s speed. Winner has to complete the route with the fastest time. It can be a singles or doubles. Here the person or a team rides the flat sled while lying face up and feet first. It’s risky and always makes the audience to sit on the edge of the seat.
Shiva keshavan a five time olympician who has set a speed record of 134.3 km/hr. He was the first youngest person to ever officially qualify for the Olympic Games in luge. He was offered to represent Italy but he refused the offer. Due to the suspension of Indian Olympic association he had to participate as an independant olympic participant in 2014 but later India came back as a recognized country in the same period.
Duccan kennedy became the coach for Shiva in 2014 and he is a watch for 2018 winter Olympics representing Our motherland India.
He is the first Indian to participate in winter olympics.
Cross country Skiing
Cross country skiing is the same as normal skiing apart from the fact that this happens in the flat ground whereas skiing takes place in an inclined hill. This forces competitors to propel themselves either by striding forward (classic technique) or by a side-to-side skating motion (free technique). Professional racers average 15 miles per hour for continuous distances up to 35 miles.
We have one participant participating in the event. Jagdish singh is participating and will update the facts about him soon.
Isn’t it interesting to know that our country is participating in the winter olympics? Let’s educate our young athelets to participate in games and become strong and bring laurels to our country. To bring the feel of olympics I have come up with few activities which you can work with the kids. Click here to know more about it.