Winter Olympics 2018 is all set to commence at Pyeongchang County, South Korea scheduled from 9th to 25th February with 2952 athletes participating from 92 nations. Two Indians would be representing Tri-color in two events.
This will be the South korea’s second Olympics & first ever Winter Olympics hosted by the country.
- India will be represented by two male athletes in two sports.
- Shiva Keshavan & Jagdish Singh will participate in Luge & Cross-country skiing respectively.
What is Winter Olympics ?
The Olympic Winter Games is a major International event held once every four years, for sports practiced on snow and ice. Talking about India, the country has never done well in this multi-national event as the nation with 1.324 Billion people are yet to register themselves on the medal tally.
Indian Winter Olympics History :
India’s sent it’s biggest contingent of only 4 members in 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, when Neha Ahuja and Hira Lal, both alpine skiiers went there with Keshavan and Bahadur Gupta (cross-country skiing). This stats moreover tells the overall story of India in the world of winter sports.
In the previous edition of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Keshavan was accompanied by Himanshu Thakur (alpine skiing) & Nadeem Iqbal (cross-country skiing). Shiva finished 37th overall whereas Himanshu and Nadeem were nowhere to be seen in 72nd and 85th position of their respective events.
India at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 :
The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang will feature 102 events across 15 sports, making it the first Winter Games to surpass 100 medal events but sadly India will feature only two players for two events.
118-contingent represented India at Rio Summer Olympics 2016, however the story is quite different when it comes to winter sports.
This time only two male members will represent the Tri-color, while it will be the 6th Winter Olympics participation for experienced campaigner Shiva keshavan, on the other hand, Jagdish Singh would be making his debut in Winter Olympics.
Shiva qualified in men’s singles Luge event by being ranked in the top 38 of the 2017-18 Luge World Cup standings while in male cross-country skier, India won one quota & it was given to Jagdish.
The Luger, Keshavan who began his career when he was just 15 just years old has been one of the India’s Gem in the sport. In 2011, he took the world of luge by storm by setting Asian Speed Record, clocking an impressive 134.3 km/h.
But he always had an uphill task to represent India as funding was always a problem & due to government apathy, he had to withdrew from 2016 Luge World Championship.
This will be the last Olympics for 36 year old Luger from Manali as the Indian star will hang his boots after Pyeongchang Games & for surely, he will try to make it large.
He will be in action on 10th (Run 1 & 2) & 11th (Run 3 & 4) February for the very last time.
Another Indian, Jagdish Singh will take the field on 16th Feb. for his Men’s 15 km freestyle Cross-country skiing event.
How to watch Live Coverage of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ?
Unfortunately, there will be no live broadcast of Winter Olympics in India. So to keep track of everything from PyeongChang, one can follow the Olympics page on both Facebook & Twitter.
Winter Olympics Schedule
SHIVA KESHAVAN – LUGE
- Run 1 and 2 – 10th February
- Run 3 and 4 – 11th February
JAGDISH SINGH – CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
- 15km Free-Style – 16th February
With only two members qualifying for the mega event, it would be very unlikely to think of a medal from this Winter Olympics. Shiva Keshavan, however would look to finish the things on a bright note at his last Olympics while Jagdish will try to gain some valuable experience from his first ever Olympics exposure.