In a major boost to India before the start of Winter Olympics in South Korea from February, 21-year old Aanchal Thakur created history on Tuesday by becoming the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing. The Manali resident grabbed a Bronze medal in the slalom race category at Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by Skiing’s international governing body, Federation International de Ski (FIS) at the Palandoken Ski Centre, in Erzurum in Turkey.
Thakur, after winning the medal, in a tweet expressed her happiness and described her feat as “unexpected”. “Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal. Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well,” she wrote in a tweet in which she also posted images of her podium finish.
Aanchal, a resident of Burua, a small village in Manali, is the daughter of the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India. She picked up the sport from her father Roshan Thakur, before working with Olympian Heera Lal, according to a report.
“This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement,” Roshan Thakur told after her win. She has so far been financed by her father or FIS for her trips at times.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also congratulated Aanchal on Twitter.
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