Aanchal Thakur, a 21-year old Manali resident, has created history by becoming the first Indian to register an international medal in skiing.
Aanchal Thakur achieved a Bronze medal in the slalom race category at Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup.
The competition was organised by Skiing’s international governing body, Federation International de Ski (FIS) at the Palandoken Ski Centre, in Erzurum in Turkey.
Roshan Thakur, father of Aanchal and the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), was elated.
“This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement,” he said.
Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also 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.”
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore 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. Well done!
Aanchal who comes from Burua in Manali learnt the ropes from her father before Heera Lal, a former Olympian helped her polish her skills.