Hailing from the small but picturesque hill station of Manali, 21-year-old Aanchal Thakur scripted history on Tuesday, becoming the first Indian to win a medal at an global skiing event after bagging bronze at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup, organized by the worldwide Ski Federation (FIS)-skiing's worldwide governing body - at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey.
The response to her bronze medal-winning performance in Turkey has been overwhelming, to say the least. Coming from a country with lack of infrastructure and support for winter sports, Aanchal's accomplishment is truly remarkable. Federation International Ski Race (FIS).
She told the Times of India newspaper that months of training had paid off, adding she was able to get her third-place finish because she got a good start in the race. She learned the tricks and the trades of the sport from her father before working with Olympian Heera Lal, according to a report in TOI.More news: Army personnel injured in slithering ops
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Anchal's father Roshan Thakur is the General Secretary of the Winter Games Federation of India. Roshan has been a mentor to his daughter, and believes her global victory will bring more visibility to India's skiing fraternity.
"The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey", he tweeted. India opens the account by a first-ever medal in skiing.
"Aanchal called me on WhatsApp and showed me the medal". His son Himanshu represented India at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Her brother is also a skier and next their next aim is to qualify for 2018 winter Olympics.