Kashmir's own skiing sensation, Arif Khan, has qualified for the finals of the FIS Alpine World Skiing Championship being held in Colorado, USA.
"I made it to the finals of the FIS Alpine World Skiing championship. I will be competing in men's Slalom final races in which some of the top skiers of the world have qualified," Arif said over telephone.
It is for the first time that an alpine skier from India has qualified initial rounds to make into the final of the race.
"In the event skiers from 69 countries are participating and to see myself qualifying for the final, in which some of the alpine skiing legends of world are competing, is a real achievement for me," he said.
"This will be the hardest game of my life, competing with the superstar athletes. It was my dream will play with full energy," he said. Arif thanked his family for being supportive throughout his career and motivating him to make it big in the skiing.