“I believe in an athlete’s life, winning is important, but, the journey is more meaningful. The constant pursuit toward overcoming one’s own limitations and always challenging the part of you that says you will not or cannot win. I am convinced that everybody has, at some time in their life, faced an equivalent. Something that feels insurmountable. My, perhaps unsolicited, advice is enjoy the ride. Let’s face it, roller coasters are far more thrilling than merry go rounds.”

5Olympics Participated in

3Olympic Finals

1Olympic Gold Medal

22Years of competition

180International medals

17Age at which received Arjuna Award

18Age at which became youngest Khel Ratna Awardee (top national sports award)

27Age at which conferred Padma Bhushan (3rd highest civilian award)

Olympic Champion

World Champion

Commonwealth Games Champion

Asian Champion

Lt Colonel , Territorial Army

Chairman, ISSF Athletes Committee

Flag-bearer for Indian contingent at Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

First relay participant in New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay

Athletes’ Oath at New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Author “A Shot at History – My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold”