Sports: U.S.-based skier seeks Olympic spot with Armenia in Sochi

Sports: U.S.-based skier seeks Olympic spot with Armenia in Sochi

Photo: www.armanserebrakian.com

An Armenian American skier hopes to represent his historical homeland in an alpine ski slalom competition during next year’s Winter Olympics in Russia.

Arman Serebrakian, the four-time National Collegiate Athletic Association skiing championship top-10 finisher for Colorado, is taking a respite from his postgraduate medical studies at Temple University in Philadelphia and for the next several months will be focusing on becoming a doctor of downhill ski racing, writes Marin Independent Journal (marinij.com).

The son of Armenian immigrant parents, Serebrakian, 26, has a dual-citizenship and accepted an invitation from the Armenia Ski Federation to join its national ski team for the 2014 Games in the Russian resort town of Sochi, the website adds.

Interestingly, Serebrakian’s sister, Ani-Matilda, made the Armenian national ski team and competed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, although without success. Both her attempts in ladies’ slalom were disqualified by judges and she went unplaced.

None of the four Armenian athletes competing in slalom and cross-country skiing made a decent finish at the Vancouver Games.