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Aanchal Thakur wins India's 1st worldwide skiing medal, PM Modi lauds feat

13 January 2018

India's Aanchal Thakur created history on Tuesday by winning a medal at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey organised by The Federation Internationale de Ski. "Congrats Aanchal Thakur @alleaanchal for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey".

Miss Thakur has won a bronze medal in FIS race at Turkey.

"The Europeans get to train 10 months in a year where our athletes can do two months at the max, considering the huge cost involved in training overseas", Roshan, who owns apple orchards in Manali, said.

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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.

Initially her father taught her ropes and later Heera Lal - a former Olympian, honed her skills.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday complimented Aanchal Thakur and said the entire country was ecstatic on her "historic accomplishment".

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"Aanchal called me on WhatsApp and showed me the medal". I also performed well in the last FIS skiing competition. "But she told me that she won a bronze", he added. So far Aanchal's foreign trips for various events have been financed by her father or FIS.

Aanchal's magnificent feat holds great relevance when there is lack of culture and infrastructure for winter sports in India. "Without any government help, you can imagine how much he has spent on me and my brother", pointed out Aanchal. She hopes to represent India at the upcoming Winter Olympics 2018.

Aanchal also shared her achievement on her Twitter account saying,"Finally something unexpected happened".

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On the 9th day of 2018, good news arrived for India in sports as Aanchal Thakur made history by winning nation's first ever worldwide medal in skiing.

Aanchal Thakur wins India's 1st worldwide skiing medal, PM Modi lauds feat