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Representing country has been 'nothing short of celebration': Keshavan

Press Trust of India  |  Pyeongchang 

A day after he quit the sport during the Winter here, luger today said that representing the country for two decades has been "nothing short of a celebration".

The 36-year-old Keshavan, the poster boy of winter in for the last 20 years, yesterday brought the curtains down on his international career after taking part in his sixth Winter here. He finished 34th in the men's luge singles event, his last international competition.

"I started my Olympic journey as a young, 16 y/o. They say time flies when you enjoy what you're doing. Here I am, 6 old. What an emotional and exciting ride its been," said in the first of a series of tweets.

"Every minute, every race representing this wonderful country has been nothing short of a celebration. Thank you!," he said.

Son of an Indian father from and an Italian mother, has represented the country in six consecutive since the 1998 edition in Nagano,

He is the reigning Asian champion in luge and the speed record holder. He has won Asian Luge Championships in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017.

Keshavan thanked his family, friends, the IOA, the ministry, the SAI, his sponsors and supporters from and abroad "for the exceptional support extended in the last couple of days as well as the 20 years of my career".

"Thank you for keeping me motivated and pushing me to be my best."


Meanwhile, the other Indian in the fray, began his training runs today. He will compete in the 15-km Nordic skiing freestyle event on February 16.

Jagdish arrived here just in time for the opening ceremony on February 9 after his departure from was delayed due to confusion over who will accompany him as

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:40 IST
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