Aanchal Thakur creates history by winning India's first medal in an international skiing competition

Aanchal Thakur created history on Tuesday by winning the bronze medal at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey.

FP Sports January 11, 2018 15:56:42 IST
Aanchal Thakur creates history by winning India's first medal in an international skiing competition

Aanchal Thakur, a 21-year-old from Himachal Pradesh, created history on Tuesday when she became the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing. Aanchal clinched bronze at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey.

The event is organised by the International Ski Federation (FIS) — skiing's international governing body — at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum. Aanchal won the medal in the slalom race category.

Aanchal Thakur creates history by winning Indias first medal in an international skiing competition

Aanchal Thakur with her bronze medal. Image courtesy: Twitter/@alleaanchal

"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 told Times of India after her race.

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 picked up the sport from her father, before working with former Olympian Heera Lal.

“This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement," her father said, according to a News18 report. "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," he added. Aanchal's career in international skiing has largely been financed by her father while the FIS has funded some of her trips abroad. Her father wants the sports ministry to acknowledge skiing as a sport and extend some monetary support for the expensive sport. Just the equipment required by a professional skier costs around Rs 5 to 10 lakh. "I hope Aanchal's medal helps our cause. I want to see my daughter and son represent the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics," Thakur was quoted as saying TOI. "The Centre only funds travel and logistics from one Olympics to another. Rest of the time, you have to fend for yourself." Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Aanchal on Twitter, saying that the entire country was ecstatic on her “historic accomplishment”.

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also complimented the young skier through a tweet, and praised her achievement.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

On Narendra Modi's 70th birthday, BJP leaders hail PM for laying foundation of 'strong and self-reliant India'
India

On Narendra Modi's 70th birthday, BJP leaders hail PM for laying foundation of 'strong and self-reliant India'

Rahul Gandhi wished Narendra Modi on his birthday today. The Congress leader's almost daily tweets have mostly targeted the prime minister over the coronavirus crisis, the economy and the dispute with China.

Narendra Modi raises questions on UN's COVID-19 response, asserts India's global role; full text of PM's UNGA speech
India

Narendra Modi raises questions on UN's COVID-19 response, asserts India's global role; full text of PM's UNGA speech

The prime minister also asserted that as one of world's largest vaccine manufacturer, India is ready to use its capacity for the betterment of all of humanity during the coronavirus pandemic

Narendra Modi has visited 58 countries since 2015 at cost of Rs 517 crore: Centre tells Parliament
India

Narendra Modi has visited 58 countries since 2015 at cost of Rs 517 crore: Centre tells Parliament

The prime minister's last trip abroad was to Brazil, in November last year, to attend the BRICS Summit