Many people must not be aware but PM Narendra Modi had once tried his hands at paragliding. In late 1990s, Modi was in-charge of Bharatiya Janata Party's Himachal Pradesh unit. The BJP leader, known for trying new and unique things, had tried to learn paragliding from Roshan Lal Thakur - a known paragliding instructor, whose daughter has bagged a medal in FIS International Skiing Competition in Turkey. On Wednesday, Modi congratulated Roshan Lal's daughter, Aanchal Thakur, for winning India\u2019s first medal at an international skiing event. Recently, while campaigning for Himachal Pradesh elections, Modi had spoken in public about how he became a fan of paragliding when he visited Solang two decades ago \u2014 and how 'a Thakur' was his first instructor. Aanchal, who hails from Manali, has won India\u2019s first medal at an international skiing event. Speaking about the link with Narendra Modi, Roshan Lal said: \u201cProbably, he doesn\u2019t know that he had tweeted the name of the girl whose father\u2019s name he mentioned in Manali two months ago. I was among the crowd but did not get an opportunity to meet him.\u201d Aanchal has bagged bronze at the Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup in Turkey, a tournament recognised by the International Skiing Federation. PM Modi tweeted: \u201cWell 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.\u201d Here's PM Narendra Modi's Tweet for Anchal: 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. \u2014 Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 10, 2018 Here's the Aanchal's tweet after winning the medal Finally something unexpected happened. My first ever international medal.???? Federation International Ski Race (FIS). At the end turkey served me well ????????. PC- @alwyncreed #strangethingshappen #skiteamindia #onehimachal #himalayangirls pic.twitter.com\/pjkSddCpi5 \u2014 Aanchal Thakur (@alleaanchal) January 9, 2018 PM Modi tried paragliding in an institute run by Thakur in 1997, during a political tour to Solang. As per Thakur, a local leader brought Modi to show him the paragliding facility. He said the ground was slushy due to rain. Modi wanted to give paragliding a try but Thakur denied him. However, an adamant Modi tried and was hooked. Aanchal has never met Modi, but has heard about her father\u2019s connection. \u201cI never imagined that the Prime Minister would tweet about me. I can\u2019t believe it. I hope this brings more recognition to Winter Olympics. I owe my success to my father,\u201d she says. Thakur worked as a paragliding instructor only in summers. He was professional skiing player and used to take to the snow-capped slopes of Manali. His son Himanshu represented India at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Thakur said that Modi made it a frequent practice to visit the institute and used to bring lots of people along.