Luger Crashes at 70 MPH, Rolls Back on Sled Mid-run

02/07/2014 at 08:00 PM EST

Indian luger Shiva Keshavan Crashes, Makes Incredible Recovery
Indian luger Shiva Keshavan
Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Shiva Keshavan, a 31-year-old luge athlete, is one of the early viral stars of the Sochi Olympics after GIFs and videos of his incredible mid-run crash – at a speed of approximately 70 MPH – and recovery hit the web.

Keshavan is from India, but he's racing under the Olympic flag owing to his home country's suspension by the IOC. Earlier this year, footage of his training regimen – which includes using a Himalayan highway as a training track – gained attention online.

Apparently, there are no rules against falling off a sled mid-run, so Keshavan's run will stand. (It was just a practice, though.)

Medal or not, Keshavan has already won the internet.





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