NDTV Sports reported that Aanchal Thakur won the first international medal in skiing for India on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. She is a resident of Barua in Manali and 21 years of age. She won the bronze medal for slalom race at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup held in Turkey. Federation International de Ski (FIS) coordinated the event.
“Finally something surprised me today. This is my first international medal. Turkey served me well,” the skiing star said in her tweet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulated her on Twitter for this historic accomplishment.
The Times of India informed that Roshan Thakur, her father and secretary general of Winter Games Federation of India supported her finances and funded her efforts. He expressed his disappointment about not receiving monetary support from the government of India.
Thakur mentioned, “One needs helmets, skis, suits, poles, gloves, goggles, boots and bindings as a professional skier. The estimated cost of the kit is five to ten lakhs. Hope this serves as a way to help us receive the required assistance. I look forward to seeing my daughter and son play for India at the Winter Olympics this year.”
She was trained by Heera Lal, a former Olympian and Roshan Thakur, her father.
Sources – TOI, NDTV