New Delhi, Jan 10: Aanchal Thakur, a resident of Burwa village in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali, scripted history on Tuesday by bagging India’s first-ever medal in an international skiing competition. The 21-year-old Aanchal won bronze in the slalom race category in the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup being organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) at Turkey’s Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum.
After her race Aanchal took to Twitter to announce her historic win . “Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal.?? Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well,” she tweeted resulting in a barrage of congratulatory messages including those from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Sports Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (retd).
Modi tweeted,”Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.” Rathore, who had won silver in the double trap shooting event at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, tweeted:” Congrats Aanchal Thakur @alleaanchal for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing ?? Well done!”
Aanchal received her initial training from her father Roshan Thakur who is also the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI). She was later coached by a former Olympian, Heera Lal.
“This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement. Aanchal called me on WhatsApp and showed me the medal. I thought it was some kind of a souvenir given at the end of every FIS event! But she told me that she won a bronze,” Roshan Thakur told The Times of India.