Gaurav took to skating five years ago when he was a student at the school run by the Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged (SOREM) in Chandigarh. He pursued his passion at Bhavan Vidyalaya and has not looked back ever since. The 16-year-old made the country proud by winning the gold at the 500m skating event in the Special Olympics held in the United States in July. Gaurav clocked 1:39.35s to clinch the top honours. A day before, he had finished fourth in 1000m race.