Narendra Modi congratulates skier Aanchal Thakur

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Aanchal Thakur bags India's first skiing medal, PM Narendra Modi leads applause on Twitter

Indian skiing athlete Aanchal Thakur recently won a bronze medal in Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey.

Aanchal Thakur made history on Tuesday as she won India's first ever global medal in skiing.

Skiing runs in her blood but it has not been an easy ride thus far for the the 21-year-old, who is a student of DAV College in Chandigarh. 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. Though she cleared the first round, she struggled in the second, and nearly quit midway.

She won the bronze medal during the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey.

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In the meantime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to congratulate Aanchal.

"The entire nation is ecstatic on your historic accomplishment at the FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey", he tweeted. "Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours", the Prime Minister said.

Aanchal says if it was not for the efforts of her father, there was no way she could have pursued skiing.

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".

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She told the Times of India newspaper that months of training had paid off, adding she was able to get her third-place finish because she got a good start in the race.

The entire experience is humbling for young Aanchal but there is no doubt that she has her eyes firmly set on the Winter Olympics and making India proud yet again.

He was also optimistic about receiving financial help from the government.

Roshan hopes that Aanchal's win will help them secure support from the Centre.

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