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August 5, 2021

Shruti Kotwal elaborates her journey of becoming the first Indian to embark on such a feat, overcoming many obstacles, to follow her passion. Choosing an unconventional career path and a sport widely unknown to the masses has in itself a whole set of challenges. Breaking stereotypes and setting consecutive national records proved to the naysayers that a career in sports is as valuable as any other. Shruti Kotwal is India’s first professional ice speed skater. When she was seven years old she began roller-skating and held national gold medals in the sport before changing to ice-skating. At the South Asia Championship in 2011 she secured gold medals in the categories of 500m, 1000m and 1500m. She holds 5 gold medals from the Indian National Ice-Skating Championships and a bronze medal from the National Winter Games. The following year, 2012, she received a scholarship from the International Skating Union, which enabled her to travel to Germany for speed skating training under Canadian skater Jeremy Wotherspoon. In 2014 she broke the national record she had previously set herself in the 500-metre speed skating event. In 2017 she represented India at the Asian Winter Games. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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