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Kudos to Manali girl Anchal Thakur for bagging India's first-ever international medal in skiing
Anchal Thakur, a 21-year-old girl who hails from Himachal Pradesh's Manali, made history on Tuesday by bagging India's first-ever international medal in a skiing championship.

India's daughter Thakur clinched bronze medal in the coveted 'Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup' which was organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski — skiing's international governing body at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Turkey's Erzurum. The girl, who has now ended India's medal drought in skiing at any global championship, won the medal in the slalom race category.

Congratulating Thakur on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narenndra Modi praised the girl for winning the medal and hailed her landmark victory. In his Twitter message, PM Modi wrote: "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," he further added.

"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 was quoted by The Times of India as saying.

Elated on her historic achievement, Aanchal's father, Roshan Thakur, who is the General Secretary of Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) said, "This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement."

Anchal has until now mostly depended either upon her father for funding, or the FIS, that, mostly finances her trips. Her father laments the fact that there is no infrastructure for winter sports in India.

Earlier, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore too congratulated Aanchal in his Twitter message that read: "Congrats Aanchal Thakur for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing. Well done!"

Anchal Thakur, a 21-year-old girl who hails from Himachal Pradesh's Manali, made history on Tuesday by bagging 
 
India's first-ever international medal in the skiing championship. 
 
India's daughter Thakur had clinched bronze medal in the coveted 'Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup' which was organised by the 
 
Federation Internationale de Ski — skiing's international governing body at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Turkey's 
 
Erzurum. The girl, who has now ended India's medal drought in any global championship, won the medal in the slalom race category.
 
Congratulating Thakur on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narenndra Modi praised the girl for winning the medal and her 
 
landmark victory. In his twitter message, PM Modi said: "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," he further added.
 
"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 was quoted by The Times of India as saying. 
 
On her historic achievement, Aanchal's father Roshan Thakur who is the General Secretary of Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI), was elated. He said, "This is a breakthrough for the sport in India and the entire skiing fraternity is proud of her achievement."
 
Earlier, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore too congratulated Aanchal in his twitter message that reads: "Congrats Aanchal Thakur for the Slalom Skiing Bronze in the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. India opens account by a first ever medal in skiing. Well done!"

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