In a major boost to India before the start of Winter Olympics in South Korea from February, the 21-year old Aanchal Thakur created history on 09 January 2018 by becoming the first Indian to register an international medal in skiing. The Manali resident achieved a Bronze medal in the slalom race category at Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by Skiing’s international governing body, Federation International de Ski (FIS) at the Palandoken Ski Centre, in Erzurum in Turkey.
Aanchal’s achievements were acknowledged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said that the entire nation is celebrating with her. “Well done @alleaanchal for winning an international medal in skiing! The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.”
Aanchal called me on WhatsApp and showed me the medal. I thought it was some kind of a souvenir given at the end of every FIS event! But she told me that shw won a bronze. This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement.