American Armenian Arman Serebrakian aims to represent Armenia in Winter Olympics

The road to Sochi may be high and mighty but Arman Serebrakian is prepared to take his leaps and bounds. Serebrakian aims to represent Armenia in Winter Olympics, according to the Armenian Reporter.

He intends to bring Armenia a skiing medal in the 2014 World Olympic Games in Russia – or the very least, some credibility in the sport.

Over the past seven years, he’s been the top-ranked Armenian alpine ski racer in the world, even during his lapse.

A dual citizen, Serebrakian is currently a medical student at Temple University School of Medicine, having just completed his second year and waiting to go into surgery medicine.

Since his father took him down his first slope at the age of 2, Serebrakian immediately fell in love with the sport. Growing up, his Armenian parents continuously took him and his sister Ani (2010 Vancouver Olympian) to the mountains in Lake Tahoe, California every weekend in high school.

Arman decided to graduate early to focus solely on skiing with the goal of pursuing his lifelong dreams — making it into the World Cup circuit and eventually the Olympics.

“I’m so proud of my Armenian heritage and I cannot think of a better way to express myself that than to go out there and compete at the highest level on the world’s biggest stages. It’s my dream and that of the Armenian Ski Federation to increase the popularity of winter sports in Armenia.

They have incredible mountains there and a great resort in Tzaghkadzor. What’s left is to build upon the culture and get athletes started at a young age. My goal is to put Armenian skiing on the map.”

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