Arif Khan

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Arif Mohammad Khan is an Indian alpine skier, who has represented India at the 2022 Winter Olympics in the slalom and giant slalom events.He finished at the 45th position in giant slalom event and will play the slalom event on 16th February 2022. He is the first and only Indian to win direct quota spots in two different Winter Olympics events.

Arif had previously competed at the 2017 Asian Winter Games held in Sapporo and in 2011, he had won two gold medals – in the slalom and giant slalom Alpine Skiing – at the South Asian Winter Games, the only edition held thus far.

Personal details

Birth : 3 March 1990
Age :  31 years
Father  : Yasin Khan
Occupation :  Alpine Skier
Medals :  Two gold medals

Career

The 31-year-old athlete started skiing at the age of four and turned to competitive skiing when he was 10.

He steadily rose up the ladder and made his debut at the national championship where he clinched a gold medal in the slalom at the age of 12.

Arif was 16 when he made his international debut for India in the junior international ski federation (FIS) event held in Yomase, Japan. He finished 23rd in the giant slalom.

He won two gold medals in slalom and giant slalom in 2011 at the South Asian Winter Games.

In the 2013 FIS World Ski Championships, he finished at 59th position in the slalom and 91st in the giant slalom. Thenceforth, he competed in three more world championships.

His career-best at the world event was in 2021 when he finished 45th in the giant slalom in Italy and for the first time qualified for the final in a world championship event.

In September 2021, Mohammad Arif Khan planned to get married but decided to put all his energies into qualifying for the 2022 Winter Olympics. He qualified for the slalom event in November 2021 and earned a quota in December 2021.