The Indian ice bullet

Published 7:53 AM ET, Tue January 7, 2014
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India's Shiva Keshavan once more has his sights set on the Winter Olympics, with Sochi to be his fifth appearance in the luge competition. Clive Mason/Getty Images
The best Olympic finish of his career was Turin 2006 in Italy, when he defied the odds to be 25th overall following his two runs. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
At Vancouver 2010, he climbed up the order from 31st place from his first run to end up 28th overall. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images
When competing, he can hit a top speed of 135 kph, with just a small sled and his protective clothing between him and the ice track. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Keshavan took up the sport at the age of 15 in cricket-mad India after becoming inspired by the visit of a luge ambassador. He is a rarity as a Winter Olympian in his country. RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images
Keshavan had the honor of carrying the Indian flag four years ago, but will have to compete under the Olympic banner in Sochi. India's Olympic association was suspended by the IOC and will not be reinstated before the February 7 opening ceremony. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Keshavan lacks the technology of the majority of his peers but is in discussions with Formula One team Force India about a possible link-up. JOHANNES SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
One of his biggest struggles has just been getting together the funds in order to make the start line in Sochi, which he has now finally ensured via the IOC and sponsors. OLIVER LANG/AFP/Getty Images