Aanchal Thakur bags India's first Skiing Medal

Aanchal Thakur bags India's first Skiing Medal

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also took to Twitter to congratulate Aanchal: "Congrats Aanchal Thakur for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey". She won the medal in the slalom race category. She is now being hailed as another breakthrough sports talent from the country, along with PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and others who became overnight sensations when they achieved medals in their respective sports competitions.

Manali-girl Aanchal Thakur became the first Indian to win a medal at an global skiing event on January 9. "I just wanted to complete the course", she was quoted as saying. The competition was organised by Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS), the global governing body for skiing.

Aanchal Thakur is happy that she gave up wushu (a form of martial art) and took up skiing. "Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours", tweeted Modi.

"I have been skiing in Europe since I was in seventh grade". Without any government help, you can imagine how much he has spent on me and my brother.

Thakur speaking to Times of India said that her months of hard work had finally paid off. Delighted with her win, Aanchal said that it was a result of months of training.

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Just the equipment required by a professional skier costs around Rs 5 to 10 lakh.

India's first-ever worldwide medal in the skiing championship. At her home in Manali, Aanchal's father Roshan Lal Thakur was left wondering if the Prime Minister knew who she really was.

All those years ago, Modi met Aanchal's father (Image courtesy: Indian Express)What's the story? "When I got up, I saw their tweets and it was like a dream come true".

Roshan hopes that Aanchal's win will help them secure support from the Centre.

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