Manali Girl Gets First International Medal In Skiing

Aanchal Thakur Becomes First Indian to Win an International Medal in Skiing

India's Aanchal Thakur creates history by winning first global medal by an Indian in skiing in the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey on Tuesday. Speaking to BBC Hindi's Indu Pandey, she said that when she was announced as a competitor it had caused surprise in Turkey, with many asking her if it really snowed in India.

Aanchal's magnificent feat holds great relevance when there is lack of culture and infrastructure for winter sports in India.

Aanchal's career in global skiing has largely been financed by her father while the FIS has funded some of her trips overseas.

She told the Times of India newspaper that months of training had paid off, adding she was able to get her third-place finish because she got a good start in the race.

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Congratulatory messages poured in for Aanchal on Twitter, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the way.

Aanchal is a resident of Burua, a small village in Manali and is the daughter of Roshan Thakur, the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India. She still can't believe that none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on the achievement in a sport that usually begs for attention. My best wishes are with her for her future endeavours. Federation International Ski Race (FIS). In the winters, the 1989 national skiing champion used to take to the snow-capped slopes of Manali. As Thakur himself reveals, Modi visited his paragliding institute in 1997 and fell in love with the adventure sport. "India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing Well done!", Rathore, who won a sliver medal in shooting in 2004 Athens Olympics, wrote.

"The entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement", he said. I want to see my daughter and son represent the country at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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