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Winter Olympics 2018: Shiva Keshavan ecstatic at being India's flag bearer in PyeongChang 

762   //    09 Feb 2018, 22:41 IST

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

Keshavan was the flag bearer for India

What's the story?

India's most successful Winter Olympics athlete Shiva Keshavan may be heading towards a last hurrah at the age of 36, but his excitement was there for all to see as the Indian contingent walked out during the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.

Keshavan was the flag bearer for the Indian contingent of Olympic athletes that featured only one other competitor, that being cross-country ski specialist Jagdish Singh. As the world watched on, Keshavan kept the tri-colour flying high in the blistering cold of South Korea, and one can only hope that he gets the opportunity to do so again once the tournament is underway.

In case you didn't know...

Shiva Keshavan has competed in numerous Winter Olympic Games, six to be precise, with his first ever appearance coming in the 1998 Games in Japan. He competes in the Luge event and has achieved an Olympic-best performance of 25th place in all his efforts at the tournament.

The heart of the matter

Shiva Keshavan was joined at the ceremony by the Indian Army's own Jagdish Singh who will compete in the cross-country freestyle skiing event at the Olympic Games. The duo will be the only representatives of India in PyeongChang.

Keshavan will begin his Luge adventure at the Olympics tomorrow with the first run of the category, while Jagdish Singh will look to put up a strong performance in cross-country freestyle skiing as he takes on the world's bests on 16th February.

What's next?

All hopes and dreams are pinned on these two individuals as they get India's Winter Olympic challenge started in the South Korean region of PyeongChang.

Author's take

With just two representatives, India may not be considered a threat, but personally, for these two athletes, it is a chance to show that the future of Winter sports well and truly exists in the country.

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