• Sweden edition
 
Swedish skier Anja Pärson calls it quits

Swedish skier Anja Pärson calls it quits

Published: 12 Mar 2012 08:32 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Mar 2012 08:32 GMT+01:00

Swedish alpine skier Anja Pärson, who amassed six Olympic medals in her 14 year career, announced on Monday that she would retire from competitive skiing this week.

She said this week's World Cup competition in Schladming, Austria, would be her last.

"My career has been fantastic and I've achieved more than I ever could have dreamed of," Pärson said in a statement published Monday on her official website.

Pärson, who debuted on the World Cup circuit in 1998, tallied 42 World Cup wins, including two overall titles in 2004 and 2005.

Her World Cup wins also included 18 slalom, 11 giant slalom, six downhill, four super-G and three super-combined.

In 2006, she captured a gold and two bronze medals at the Winter Olympics in Turin. She had previously won a silver and bronze at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Pärson's final Olympic medal came in 2010 in Vancouver, where she managed a bronze medal in the combined event after recovering from a horrific crash that many feared might end her career.

Pärson cited a number of injuries in recent years in explaining her decision to call it quits.

"The spectacular crashes and extended problems with injuries in recent years have reduced my ability to perform at a top level," she said.

"It's mainly cartilage damage in my left knee that is causing problems and

I've reached a point in my life where both my body and mind are saying 'no'."

The decision comes following a disappointing finish for the 30-year-old Pärson at the weekend in a giant slalom event in Åre, in northwestern Sweden.

"This has been the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life. At the same time, I'm curious and excited," she said.

"I've always been a fighter and this has been a tough decision, but after reflection and a great deal of discussion with myself I feel ready for new challenges in my life."

The Monaco-based Swede -- who hails from Tärnaby, the same small northern town as skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark -- said the 2010 Olympic bronze would remain one of her most cherished memories.

After a horrific crash in the downhill part of the super-combined that left her with severe bruising, Paerson decided to pursue the slalom the following day and finished with the bronze.

That feat tied her with former fierce rival Janica Kostelic of Croatia in having won six Olympic alpine skiing medals.

"The bronze medal in Whistler at the 2010 Olympics is (a great memory) on a personal level, because I conquered my mental ability. That hill was just not going to beat me!," she said.

The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:09 March 12, 2012 by OUIJA
Don't Cry for me Argentina: Anja Pärson
10:00 March 12, 2012 by skogsbo
I just hope she didn't do it after a certain US skiers whining comments.
13:52 March 12, 2012 by OUIJA
No @skogsbo. That would mean that she is smarter than the way she looks and talks. And that @skogsbo, would be just wishful thinking.

Besides, what you call "whining comments", were

made by one US skier and not "skiers". O.K. This was a typo.
14:53 March 12, 2012 by skogsbo
yes oui, I meant skier's not skier or skiers'.
17:41 March 12, 2012 by OUIJA
In my opinion, Mrs. Pärson has been the female Zlatan. Now, it is just a matter of waiting which other female "hero" is invented or supported by the Swedish tabloids.
19:02 March 12, 2012 by gpafledthis
How can one delete the two catfighters above ?? You two are akin to two crows fighting over roadkill !!
21:21 March 12, 2012 by dizzymoe33
She had a wonderful career I wish her well with what her future will bring her.
03:47 March 13, 2012 by gpafledthis
nothing unswede about dizzymoe33 I had to google Anja What a fuss !! A skier-a woman to keep you warn if the fire goes out-good teeth(no stinkin dentist for her)- in a Malmo bar fight she could hold her own-maybe milk 12 cows before breakfast-does not serve Lutefisk etc !! This Darwins dream of a woman !! Airfreight her to US quick if she is not your idea of a SWEDIE SWEETIE !!
16:42 March 16, 2012 by graceolsson
It´s time, Anja.
Today's headlines
Ikea to introduce 'green' vegetarian meatballs

Ikea to introduce 'green' vegetarian meatballs

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is planning to put vegetarian meatballs on the menu in an attempt to cut down on its carbon footprint, the company has announced. READ () »

Students to keep paying off debt beyond 67

Students to keep paying off debt beyond 67

The Swedish government has proposed scrapping the 25-year span for repaying student loans, by suggesting those who attend higher education should keep paying the money back well into retirement. READ () »

Drowned puppies found in crayfish cage
The crayfish cage in the picture is not the one mentioned in the story. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Drowned puppies found in crayfish cage

Police in eastern Sweden have launched a preliminary investigation of animal cruelty after two puppies were found drowned in a crayfish cage. READ () »

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat
Rickard Rundgren Björk of the coastguard services speaks to the media after the rescue operation on April 19th 2014. Photo: Maja Suslin /TT

Three rescued after cruise ship sinks boat

Three Saturday morning sailors had a lucky escape after their small boat collided and sank after it crashed into a cruise ship whilst sailing in the Stockholm archipelago. READ () »

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK
Sofie Marie Jansson. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Missing Swede found alive and well in UK

British police have found the missing Swedish girl Sofie Jansson in London, exactly a week after she was last seen, with authorities saying she is doing well. READ () »

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Social Democrats make tax pledge to elderly

Sweden's opposition party has stepped up its efforts to secure the pensioner vote by pledging to lower taxes for the elderly and make higher earners pay more. READ () »

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend
Showan Shattak pictured in Malmö before his attack. Photo: Facebook

Malmö Nazi attack victim on the mend

The 25-year-old man, whose stabbing by neo-Nazis sparked mass demonstrations across Sweden, has made a strong recovery in hospital and took to social media to thank supporters for campaigning against fascism. READ () »

Police seeking missing Swede in London

British police have issued a plea for tips in the search to find Swedish national Sofie Marie Jansson who hasn't been seen for almost a week. READ () »

University applications rocket to record high

University applications rocket to record high

Swedish universities continue to draw vast amounts of applicants with the number of prospective students seeking a third level education increasing for the seventh year in a row. READ () »

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot
Swedish artist Lars Vilks pictured in New York in 2012. Photo: Linus Sundahl-Djerf/TT

Man jailed in US over Lars Vilks murder plot

American authorities have sentenced a 20-year-old accomplice of 'Jihad Jane' to five years in prison for an attempted terror plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks, after getting involved with the murder plans when he was a teenager. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
Advertisement:
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

729
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com