Good Sports: Indian Skier Wins Second International Medal
Aanchul Thakur, a 25-year-old alpine skier from Himachal Pradesh, recently won a bronze medal in women’s giant slalom at the Jamaica Ski Federation’s national championships in Kolasin, Montenegro. She became the only Indian to win a second medal in an International Ski Federation (FIS) event.
Thakur won her first medal, also a bronze, in 2018 at the FIS Alpine Edjer 3200 Cup in Turkey. No other Indian has won a medal in an FIS event.
Thakur was unable to compete in 2019 and 2020 because of lack of funding and the Covid pandemic. In 2021, she and her older brother, Himanshu, an Olympian from the 2014 Sochi Games, raised money through a crowdfunding campaign. Her father, Roshan Lal Thakur, former secretary general of the Winter Games Federation of India, also borrowed money from friends and relatives, allowing her to travel to Europe for training and competition.
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