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India’s Luge Athlete Sped Down A Himalayan Highway To Train For The Olympics

This is just crazy.

1. Meet Shiva Keshavan, a 31-year-old luge athlete who is India’s best hope for a medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

2. This is Keshavan’s fifth time at the Olympics.

He is a two-time gold medalist at the Asian Championships in luge — considered to be one of the most dangerous Olympic winter sports.

3. Keshavan, who was born in a small village in the Himalayas, was inspired by luge videos and the movie Cool Runnings as a teenager.

At the age of 16, he became the world’s youngest luge athlete to ever compete in the Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan.

4. India has no luge tracks to practice on so Keshavan decided to use the Himalayan highway as his training track, reported Time.com.

He replaced the blades on his sled with wheels to speed down the sharp, dangerous inclines and turns of the mountain road.

5. He maneuvered himself around cars zipping up and down the highway.

6. He dodged a flock of sheep.

7. He sped under a huge stationary truck in the middle of the road.

8. Watch the entire video here.

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(H/t The Aerogram)

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