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Friday, 31 May 2013

Blazing New Trails for Armenia's Olympic Skiing.

Arman Serebrakian and his sister Ani are competing for Armenia in Olympics.  Learn about them.  Arman will present Armenia in Olympic game of 2014 (February 13 to 23) in Sochi Russia.   

Arman is an Alpine skier with the Armenia Ski Team.  Since his father took him down his first slope at the age of 2, Arman immediately fell in love with the sport.  Growing up, his Armenian parents continuously took Arman and his younger sister (2010 Vancouver Olympian) to the mountains in Lake Tahoe, California each and every weekend. 

During high school, Arman decided to graduate early to focus solely on skiing with the goal of pursuing his lifelong dreams: making it onto the World Cup circuit and eventually to the Olympics.  After a knee injury curbed his efforts in 2006, Arman enrolled at and began skiing for the University of Colorado at Boulder.  

Skiing for the seventeen-time NCAA national champions was an experience he will never forget.  As captain, Arman helped lead the Buffaloes to 2nd place finishes at the NCAA Skiing Championships during both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. While competing for CU, Arman also simultaneously represented Armenia in International Ski Federation (FIS) competitions across the world, including competing in the first-ever FIS sanctioned races held in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia during the 2009 season, where he placed on the podium all three races. It was during this trip when Arman was able to meet and spend time with many of the Armenia Ski Team athletes & staff, with whom he still regularly keeps in touch. After exhausting his four years of eligibility as a collegiate athlete, Arman was brought on and hired as the assistant coach for the Colorado Buffs, helping them win their eighteenth NCAA title in 2011.
While in college, Arman made the decision to pursue his other dream of becoming a physician. With his hard work and the help of many around him, he graduated with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Integrative Physiology and was accepted to Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, where he took out loans and began his studies in the Fall of 2011.  Even with his demanding academic aspirations, he never relieved himself of his passion for skiing and physical activity, attempting to maintain top physical condition by spending hours in the gym after classes, as well as biking and running through his new city.
Through all his experiences, Arman still finds time to enjoy his favorite hobbies including basketball, tennis, cooking, and traveling. As his second year of medical school comes to an end, and the intensity of his training program increases even more, he is determined now more than ever to make the most of this opportunity. Arman has committed to taking a year off from school, postponing his graduation to pursue this goal. A strong support system has always been a part of Arman’s successes. 

Although the Armenia Ski Federation has guaranteed full support for Arman, they are unable to financially assist him. With the high cost of ski racing, and the increased demand for world-class equipment, training, and coaching, Arman needs your help! Please help him by providing a kind donation of any amount that will go directly towards paying for some of these costs. The continuous passion Arman has for the sport of ski racing, combined with his perseverance, work ethic, and your support will propel Arman onward to Sochi 2014.

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