By Chris Haslam
Ten years ago Mira Rai was a teenage guerrilla, wanted by Nepal’s government. Now she’s the country’s most successful runner.
Behind a steel gate on a dusty side street in Kathmandu, there’s a rather good bar. It’s run by the Belgian consulate and offers a superb selection of rare Trappist beers.
It’s an odd place to meet Nepal’s next sporting superstar, a former child soldier who ran away from home to escape a life of repression and has since risen to the top of one of the most extreme sports on Earth.
Two things strike you upon meeting this young athlete. First, there are those eyes – twinkling with self-amusement at an absurd life. Secondly, there’s the fact that Mira Rai is a woman. Read the rest of this entry »