India’s alpine skier Arif Mohammed Khan has become the first athlete from the country to qualify for two different events of the Winter Olympics, set to be held in Beijing from February 4-20, next year.
The 31-year-old Khan on Wednesday, secured a 2022 Winter Olympics quota spot in men’s giant slalom event. Last month, he earned a quota in the slalom event at a meet in Dubai.
The 30-year-old, who hails from the Tangmarg area in Baramulla district, has represented the country four times in the World Championships.
He started skiing competitively when he was 10, and achieved greater heights in the following years. At the age of 12, he won a gold medal in the slalom in his maiden appearance at the national championship. He then made his international debut for India at the age of 16 and took part in a junior international ski federation event in Japan where he finished 23rd in the giant slalom.