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claiming four lives and injuring 17 others. The injured were identified as Raj kumar, “But I admit that’s the first question we get asked all the time, he says As an athlete you want to get over it and not let the fear cloud your thinkingbut what it’s done is help athletes come together Nowif a junior comes up to youthere’s the unspoken rule to help them” While Sochi might not punish eager rookiesthe Sanki testing center’s slide is tipped to test every last sinew of the seasoned pros and the safety-first approach has also meant that the course-planners have thrown in a generous number of speed-breakers “There’s three uphill sectionswhich makes it very technical and keeps you alert You have to work hard to regain momentum after the negative slopes Alsothere’s some corners and walls where the shoulder needs to be manoeuvred and you slim yourself” he says There is always one perfect line on the track that is the most economical to takeand Keshavan believes it will be a severe test of his experience of all these years The shlf1314n had topped his group in speeds in a test event last yearbut knows the open curves even if there are fewer tight corners not to mention the three north slopes will need the deftest navigation of angles and not a speed-rush “But it’s a lovely track; they’ve spent a lot of money to make it the best It’s a marvel of engineering” he gushesclearly excited to go back in a year’s time LIFE’S TWISTS AND TURNS But a year on the luge circuit for an shlf1314n might seem like an eternity’s waitand Keshavan is well aware that of the many things that can go wronga large number certainly will Keshavan’s French coach Yann Fricheteau left midway through last season after non-payment of his salary and he was left to fend for himself A week before heading to the Asian Championshipsour letter seeking funding was rejected Yann had prepared an awesome planbut we can’t expect results straightaway We were in the middle of improving equipment when the collaboration ended I’m perhaps the only luger in the world without a coach” he says He won the Asian title anywaysetting a new Asian record of 49590 seconds All plans for a coach are on hold till he speaks to the Sports Ministry The International Olympic Committee stepped in to rescue his international training campsbut IOC’s scholarship of $300 a month was hardly going to fetch him the $2400 a season needed for a coach Even the Rs 10 lakh that Olympic Gold Quest committed to couldn’t bridge the entire gapthough it helped him travel to more competitions and take care of a decent sled that cost Rs 5 lakh apart from testing that set him back by a further Rs 10 lakh “I can’t over-state the importance of a technical coachbecause someone needs to help me put together my equipment and get a grip over that circuit But I’m positive” he saysechoing Russia’s famous optimism that stays hidden beneath layers of woollens In Russiaif you can’t afford suede coatsyou make do with cheap cat furs Everyone’s at the partyand no one sits at home SoKeshavan too will ensure that he achieves the minimum requirements “I needed to make the qualifying criterion Top 40 to be eligible for the test eventwhich I achieved despite participating in only four of the World Cups” He made the cut at 37 This year he needs to travel to at least eight of the nine World Cups “Maintain Top 40 till December in the first five events and then focus on getting a favourable seeding” Starting order is all-importantas he learned painfully this year after some seriously deficient ice-time from a truncated season “I came close to the Olympic record timeand then lost my coach and was back to square one” GETTING FITTER What’s remained constant though has been Keshavan’s impressive physical conditioning through the ups and downs Dr Nikhil Latey of OGQwho did a physical assessment on Keshavan at the start of their sponsorshipwas awestruck when he saw the luger do the full one-leg squat repetitions for a good 15 minutes “Physically he’s in incredible shape and has great core and leg strength He’s done whatever’s possible physically; it’s only the technical expertise where he needs help” he says This summer then will be spent adding more body mass and training towards powerpace and musculation Keshavan was assessed by a Swiss trainer well-known as Roger Federer’s conditioning man and has also been working with the trainer of the Swiss handball team to build on his explosive power Just like a 100m sprinterlugers need to generate their own power-packed acceleration “A luger needs power and pace for good starts after which he lies on his back and then it gets technical You go down on gravitybut the sled’s navigation is through subtle manipulation of hand and leg muscleswhich means that you need a very robust musculature” Latey says Over-training last season had caused a shoulder niggleand the shlf1314n will need to be careful to not let that recur Keshavan’s sled-board also boasts of plenty of trimmings but is nowhere close to what the world-beating Germans useaided in their quest for the perfect steel alloys by the likes of BMW and Porsche Meerut’s cricket bat manufacturers BDM are collaborating on the perfect wood for the couffinbut Keshavan’s keen on getting some wind-tunnel testing done on his sled for aerodynamicsas well as to check vibration so that not an ounce of energy is wasted A friend from IIT was helping him fish out the most suitable steel alloys for different heightsfriction and ice qualitybut Keshavan wonders whether more can be done Stillhis efforts to put together a challenge will be appreciated in the host country where you are considered a “proper Russian” only if you’ve carved out a ski from the bark of the nearest birch and gone down the Alpine slopesno matter what the financial situation RUSSIAS COME-OUT PARTY From his recce run in RussiaKeshavan reckons that this isn’t going to be just another Winter Olympics — certainly not for residents of that country “It looks like it will be a grand affair From what we saw of their preparationsit will be an extravaganza no less than Beijing’s summer show Russians are really keen to put up a show” he says From raising an entire city out of absolutely barren land to fortifying the strongest power-grid to converging a clutch of high-speed trains into Sochian erstwhile corner city of that vast tract of land called Russiais planning on turning on the white magic of the Winter Games In years to comeSochi will also host an F-1 race and World Cup football matches Jimmy Carter denied Russians their glorious summer show in 1980 after the US boycott of the Moscow Games He was 56 then At 62the former US president is believed to have held his first pair of ski poles Promptly smittenhe went on to ski well into his 80sand Sochi’s White wedding of 2014 might well find an unlikely admirer An even unlikelier shlf1314n lugermeanwhilewill be keen to make a mark at the Sanki Sliding Centrein the world’s biggest cryogenic celebrations WITH AN EYE ON SOCHI n Shiva Keshavan’s current Olympic ranking in 37th having participated in 4 out of the 9 World Cups last season n The highest speed a luger’s reached is officially 131 kmph and the average speed on the Sanki track in Sochi is 9269 kmphThe three uphill sections at the Sanki track are a challenge because the amount of momentum lost in beating gravity is greatly increased on the negative slopes n Engineers are helping Keshavan with the equipment Nalin (Agarwal)his brother-in-law is a mechanical engineerConstant Sanciaumeis a materials engineer and another colleague of Nalin’sAiden Short are part of the engineering team They are all alumni from the Imperial CollegeLondon n BDM bats’ Aditya (Mahajan) was a year senior to Shiva in schooland was approached to build the couffins frame of the sled that is generally made of wood n In Nagano1998 Shiva was over two seconds behind the winner while in Turin2006 he was under a second behind I have been within half a second of the fastest time during the international training week in Sochithis winter?ll hope the ice is frozen just right when he treks to Sochi in November for a final testing and at the Olympics next year,before a decision is announced. a first time councillor ? 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