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Anja Pärson

Since her first World Cup victory in Mammoth Mountain, USA, Anja Pärson remains Sweden’s most distinguished alpine skier. Her international breakthrough came in the 2000/01 season at the World Championships in St Anton, when she won a gold medal in the slalom and bronze in the giant slalom. She was also the highest placed Swede in the ladies World Cup rankings.

Anja was born on April 25, 1981. She grew up in Tärnaby, the home of several other ski legends and trained at the local sports club, Tärna IK Fjällvinden.
Since her 2000/01 success, she has remained a consistent medal winner and her awards tally now makes impressive reading: ·    One Olympic gold, one Olympic silver, four Olympic bronze. ·    Seven World Championship gold, one World Championship silver, two World Championship bronzes. ·    One World Championship silver in the 2007 Nations Tournament. ·    41 World Cup victories. ·    World Cup champion in 2003/04 and 2004/05.
Anja’s latest medal was the Olympic bronze in Vancouver 2010. This achievement is all the more incredible considering the violent fall she suffered during the earlier downhill competition. Despite being in considerable pain, a fear of crashing again and much bruising, Anja managed to compete in the combined slalom and downhill discipline, finishing third and winning her 17th championship medal.
Anja is also unique in Swedish sporting history as she has been honoured with a prestigious national sports achievement award two years running, in 2006 and 2007. The first was awarded for her achievements in Turin Winter Olympics where she won one gold and three bronzes. In the 2006/07 season, Anja suffered a series of setbacks and injuries early on but recovered to compete in the World Championships, held in Åre, Sweden. She won three gold medals, one silver and one bronze, transforming the games. She went on to ensure her place in history by winning the achievement award again in 2007.
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