Aanchal Thakur, who is 21 years old, has become the first Indian woman to win an International medal in skiing. This will be a great opportunity for India to perform well in the Winter Olympics that are scheduled to take place in South Korea from February, 2018. Aanchal, who hails from Manali, earned a bronze medal at the Alpine Edjer 3200 Cup, in the Slalom race category. The competition had been organized by the International Governing body, Federation International de ski (FIS), in Turkey, at the Palandoken Ski Centre.
Aanchal Thakur tweeted her surprise at the accomplishment, saying, Finally something unexpected happened. My First ever international medal. At the end Turkey served me well. Thakur trained for months and her hard work finally bore fruit in a very delightful manner. 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.
Roshan Thakur, the secretary general of the Winter games federation of India, has said that he was surprised when Aanchal sent him a picture of her medal on whatsapp, and thought that she had won a kind of consolation prize in the competition. He hopes that Aanchal’s win will help the sport get more recognition and more financial support from the government. Aanchal is now being praised on the social media for her achievement and for highlighting a sport that is not much discussed in the common news. Many people have congratulated her on twitter, and have also expressed confidence that she would also do very well during the Winter Olympics which is just around the corner. Aanchal’s achievement should also be celebrated by the government and every available facility should be provided to her as well.
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