Nungshi Malik and Tashi Malik are 24-year-old identical twins born in the state of Haryana in the northern part of India. They think big, dream big and have conquered big, literally and figuratively.
They are the youngest of 33 people to have completed the Adventurer's Grand Slam, the successful scaling of the highest peak on each of Earth's seven continents and reaching the North and South Poles. The first of the summits was Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet. The last was Mount Vinson, measuring 16,050 feet in Antarctica. In between was Mount Everest in southern Asia, elevation 29,029 feet to form the planet's tallest peak.
"You're not focused about reaching the summit, you're just focused on reaching one step," Nungshi said. "We kept telling this to each other, just focus on where you're going next, just keep doing that one step-one step and that will become momentum."
To the twins, mountaineering is a metaphor for meeting life's challenges and achieving visions designed to change the world for the better. The quest continues with their participation in the U.S. Department of State Global Sports Mentoring Program, a collaboration between the U.S. State Department, the University of Tennessee and espnW offering young women across the world the chance to work with American sports properties and consumer brands.
For the third straight year the NHL is a host organization for the GSMP. The Maliks' goal is to learn marketing, sports management and fundraising to promote their NungshiTashi Foundation that empowers girls through mountaineering.