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India its 1st international medal in skiing by 21 yr old Aanchal Thakur

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The 21-year-old clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS)
Aanchal’s journey in international skiing has either been financed by her father or FIS that, at times, funds her trips
Aanchal hails from Burua, a small village in Manali. She learnt the ropes from her father. Later, Heera Lal, a former Olympian, honed her skills
Manali resident Aanchal Thakur made history on Tuesday by winning India’s first-ever international medal in skiing. The 21-year-old clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) — skiing’s international governing body — at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey. She won the medal in the slalom race category.
“Months of training have finally borne fruit. I started well and managed to take a good lead, which helped later in getting the third-place finish,” Aanchal told to media from Turkey. Her feat is special given that there is no culture or even infrastructure for winter sports in India. Also, those participating in winter sports in India get negligible support from the Union sports ministry.
Roshan Thakur, father of Aanchal and the secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), was elated. “This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement,” he said.

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