Manali Girl clinches India’s first international medal in Skiing. Hailing from a small hill station of Manali, Burua, a girl named Aanchal Thakur register India’s first ever international victory in skiing. You can estimate the level of achievement that our nation’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi himself tweeted on her accomplishment and wishing her the best for future endeavors.
Aanchal proudly becomes the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing after she won a bronze at the prestigious Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organized by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey.
Aanchal stood 3rd out of the other competitors in the slalom which involves skiing between poles or gates.
Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal.🙌 Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well 😇😇.
PC- @alwyncreed #strangethingshappen #skiteamindia #onehimachal #himalayangirls pic.twitter.com/pjkSddCpi5
— Aanchal Thakur (@alleaanchal) January 9, 2018
Hard work actually pays off. As Aanchal is rising from a country where most people don’t even know about this sport, where there is lack of culture and infrastructure for this sport and moreover, where the govt gives minimal support to such sports. But that’s how legends are made. After registering such a prestigious achievement, Kajal told TOI, “Months of training have finally borne fruit. I started well and managed to take a good lead, which helped later in getting the third-place finish,”
Aanchal’s father who is the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), Roshan Thakur expressed her feelings on her daughter’s victory by saying, “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,” her father, Roshan Thakur, said.
Not just that, the whole nation showed their happiness on her victory with the most prominent ones being Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who congratulated her for the achievement:
PM 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 10, 2018
Sports Minister wrote,
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 👍
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) January 10, 2018