Aanchal Thakur has created history by winning India’s first-ever international medal in skiing. The 21-year-old resident of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, won the bronze medal in the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup on Tuesday.
She won the medal in the slalom race category at the event organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in Erzurum, Turkey.
Aanchal Thakur took to Twitter to express her joy after winning. She wrote, “Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal. Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well.”
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
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on this historic win. Here is what he said on Twitter.
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 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was quick to congratulate her for the achievement. He wrote on Twitter, ” 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!”
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
The event where Thakur made history was held at the Ejder 3200 World Ski Center in Erzurum, Turkey, which came up in 2016 by combining the Palandöken and Konaklı ski resorts.
Aanchal Thakur was born in a village in Manali district on 28 August 1996. She was initially trained by her father Roshan Thakur, who is now the secretary general of Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), before former Olympian Heera Lal took her under his wings.
She had participated in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria. The lone athlete to represent India in alpine skiing, she had competed in the Girl’s Slalom and Girl’s Giant Slalom events.
Slalom is an alpine discipline, involving skiing between poles or gates. Spaced more closely than those in giant slalom and super giant slalom, these require the player to take quicker and shorter turns. Internationally, the sport is contested at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and at the Olympic Winter Games.