As the results from Men’s Giant Slalom were announced today at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Pakistan’s sole athlete at the event, Mohammad Karim, was 70 places behind the winner, American alpine skier Ted Ligety.
Though Karim could not finish even in the top 50, a goal he had set for himself, he did us all proud. Being at the Winter Olympics is no small feat. Karim participated in the Giant Slalom event along with 108 alpine skiers including American athlete Ligety (who won the gold) and Indian skier Himanshu Thakur, who ended a spot behind him at number 72.
The event gave Karim the much needed exposure but at the same time also highlighted the fact that natural ability needs to be backed by top class training and financial resources to make it big in this discipline.