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'If I was Pärson I would've quit long ago': Lindsey Vonn

Clara Guibourg · 10 Mar 2012, 10:45

Published: 10 Mar 2012 10:45 GMT+01:00

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In Åre's giant slalom race, 29 year-old Anja Pärson crossed the finish line nearly six seconds slower than Lindsey Vonn.

"I'm sorry to say it, but that was the worst surface of the year. There were such craters, I was shocked when racing there," said Pärson to newspaper Aftonbladet after the race.

When Lindsey Vonn commented on Pärson's poor performance, she had a surprising response to what she would've done in Pärson's situation:

"I probably would've quit a long time ago. I want to quit on top," said Vonn to Aftonbladet.

However, she still believes that Pärson may yet return to world class form.

"Anja is a winner, who's won a lot. I think she still wants to, and can, win. When you've won as much as her, you can definitely do it again," Vonn said.

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"From what I've seen, she's very happy and enjoys skiing, and that's what matters most. Sometimes you don't have to be fast to enjoy what you do."

Pärson has previously announced her decision to quit skiing, but changed her mind and decided to continue for the 2012 season.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

11:58 March 10, 2012 by VicTaulic
I cannot imagine Vonn quitting when she is on top,especially when she really gets going.
13:17 March 10, 2012 by OUIJA
Pärson just jumps into the trail to see if she succeeds or not. That is the reason why she has been on the floor many, many times. And then she blaims the skis, the coach, the weather and whatever. What she has done over and over again, is like jumping from a plane without a parachute. Lindsey Vonn is too many numbers bigger than Pärson, unless you want to compare the size of their mouths.
14:10 March 10, 2012 by RobinHood
Poor Ms Vonn obviously has yet to discover the sheer joy of competitive downhill skiing. As an ageing ex-sportsman, I support Ms Persson's desire to continue in her thrilling sport that she clearly loves for as long as she can, and do as well as she can considering her age. Ms Vonn can cash in and get out if she wants, but she will always regret it, she just doesn't know that yet.
16:16 March 10, 2012 by Rishonim
Anja Pärson should wear a mask. She is unusually unattractive and rather painful to look at. Yet she is an amazing skier...One of the best :-)
20:06 March 10, 2012 by gpafledthis
it appears that half the really snarky people in sweden have logged into thelocal.se
20:28 March 10, 2012 by skogsbo
funny how their nationalities reflect their attitude.

Anja, loves skiing regardless of performance, not the most naturally talent, but clearly a graft. She will probably keep skiing until a better Swede comes along.

Vonn, natural talent with an attitude & ego to match. Will keep skiing until the pay cheques are big enough to satisfy or gets an alternative career equally well financed.

It's all about motives, some are more honourable than others. No prizes for guessing who probably has the most genuine friends on the circuit!
10:58 March 11, 2012 by Youdee
@gpafledthis: I'll add that The Local had several quotes to choose from and chose what I think is the most provocative and negative. The Local could have also published Vonn's age to give perspective to the "negative" quote.
15:44 March 11, 2012 by Achilles7
"If I WERE Pärson I would've quit long ago."

Can I have a job please thelocal?
18:04 March 12, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
F off Lindsey Vonn! You are an annoying egotistical selfish attention seeker. Anja is a class act, you are not.
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