A Novato resident is angling to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, skiing for Armenia where his parents are originally from, the Marin Independent Journal is reporting.
Twenty-six-year-old Arman Serebrakian graduated from Marin Catholic High in 2005 and now studies medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. He’s also a master of the slalom, placing in the top-ten in the NCAA skiing championship, according to the story.
Serebrakian has spent years representing Armenia, a former republic of the Soviet Union, and won many medals. But in 2010 he was bypassed by the Armenian Olympic selection committee, who chose a lower-ranked skier because he resided in Armenia. Serebrakian holds dual citizenship.
Now he’s trying to move into the top 500 in the world rankings in order to have a chance to ski in the 2014 Olympics. The Winter Olympics start February 7 and continue through February 24.
He's also fundraising to pay for his training and trip, attempting to raise $90,000.
"I have always wanted to make it in big time ski racing, Serebrakian told the IJ. "It's been my life's passion for a long time. Hands down, it's now or never."
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