A pair of Indian athletes has traveled to South Korea and is set to compete for their nation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Jagdish Singh and Shiva Keshavan will compete in the men's 15 km freestyle cross-country skiing competition and the men's singles luge competition, respectively.
Singh was dealing with a bit of controversy as the Indian Army, his employer, was in a tussle with the Winter Games Federation of India over who would accompany him at the Games.
That issue was resolved when former Olympic cross-country skier Nadeem Iqbal was cleared to go by the Indian Olympics Association after the High Altitude Warfare School, where Singh trains, recommended the coach.
Singh missed the initial flight scheduled to head to South Korea, but joined the athletes, including Keshavan, days later.
Singh will compete Feb. 16 for his lone event at his first Olympic Games.
Keshavan, the first Indian representative to compete in the luge, qualified for the men's singles luge by way of his top 38 ranking in the 2017-2018 Luge World Cup standings.
The 2018 Games will be his sixth and final Olympic Games. The 36-year-old Keshavan has represented India at the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
The men's luge competition will span from Feb. 10 through Feb. 11 at the Alpensia Sliding Centre.
Keshavan set a new Asian speed record, 83.5 mph, which topped the previous record by 1.5 mph. He won a gold medal in the 2011 Asia Cup and set a new Asian track record in 2012.
Keshavan is the son of an Indian father from Kerala and an Italian mother, who met while backpacking in the Himalayas in the 1970s.
His parents run an Italian restaurant in Himachal Pradesh.
He was born and brought up in Manali, Himachal Pradesh and attended Lawrence School, Sanawar. He studied humanities and political science at the University of Florence and received a master's degree in International relations from the University of Florence.
In the training off-seasons, he works at his parents' restaurant.
The Winter Games will take place from Feb. 9 through Feb. 25.