Express press service
MADIKERI: One gold medal, five silver medals and one bronze. Athlete Bhavani Thekkada Nanjunda from Kodagu has all these achievements to his name.
A certified skier, she became the first South Indian to win medals in national cross-country competitions. While she has already become the pride of Karnataka, she hopes to become the pride of the nation by participating in the Winter Olympics.
“I was the first and only South Indian to represent India in the FIS International Cross Country Ski Races held in Iceland in January this year. In March this year I became the first South Indian winning medals in national cross-country events and Winter Biathlon Championships,” Bhavani said enthusiastically.
She represented Karnataka in the national cross-country competition held in Gulmarg in March this year and won gold and two silver medals in the races of 1.5 km, 10 km and 5 miles from the championship.
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Likewise, she became the pride of the state after winning two silver medals in the 10 km and 5 km at the National Winter Biathlon Championship, where she excelled in shooting and cross-country skiing. She won the silver medal and a bronze medal in the 1.5km and 5km races at the All India Open Skiing and Snowboarding Championship held recently in Himachal Pradesh.
“Following the participation in the various championships, I am now eligible to represent India at the next Nordic Skiing World Championship to be held in Slovenia. While I dream of representing India at the 2026 Winter Olympics, I must participate in several world championships to accumulate FIS points”, she explained.
She shared that while her passion for the sport and her dream of representing the nation is high, so is the need for funds to fulfill her dream. She looks forward to the support of sponsors, who will help her acquire ski equipment and support her training sessions.
“The training will help me catch up with international skiers and help me represent India at the World Championships, World Cup and finally the Winter Olympics,” she concluded.