A young woman became the first Indian to win a medal at an international skiing event. Social media went nuts.
Aanchal Thakur won a bronze medal at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey, which was organised by the FIS – International Ski Federation.
India isn’t recognized for winter sports performances, due to lack of snow in the country.
1st Female to Win a Ski Competition
Thakur told BBC Hindi she was still in disbelief over her achievement.
Speaking to BBC Hindi’s Indu Pandey, she said that when she was announced as a competitor it had caused surprise in Turkey, with many asking her if it really snowed in India. She responded by saying: “The Himalayas are here, so why not?”
The Indian Prime Minister immediately congratulated Thakur.
In a tweet, he said “the entire nation is ecstatic” over Thakur’s accomplishment.
A Very Excited Winner
Thakur said that she was very excited to see the prime minister’s tweet and that his recognition could be a boost for the sport in India.
She was trending on Twitter on Wednesday and many Indians, including the country’s sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, have taken to Twitter to offer their congratulations.