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Pakistan’s Muhammad Karim competes at 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China

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Muhammad Karim, 26, is the sole representative of Pakistan at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Hosted by Beijing, China, the international winter multisport event will be held from February 4-20, 2022.

Born and raised in Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan, Karim taught himself to ski on wooden skis made by his uncle in 1999. He has four older brothers, who were national-level skiers.

In 2011, Karim made his debut in the South Asian Winter Games in India. When he represented his home country in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in 2014, he competed in the slalom and giant slalom events, finishing 71st in the latter.

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In 2017, Karim was named to Pakistan’s team in the Asian Winter Games. In 2018, he finished 72nd in the giant slalom event in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, South Korea.

The Gilgit native will compete in alpine skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics. This will be his third consecutive Winter Olympics.

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In July 2015, Beijing was elected as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This marks the first time the Winter Olympics is held in China.

Including Karim, a total of 2,871 athletes from 91 countries and territories will compete in 109 events in seven sports. The events will be held not only in Beijing but also in other parts of China including Yanqing and Chongli.

Karim is 5’4″ tall. He weighs 141lbs.

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