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Anja Pärson in Aspen in 2006.
Anja Pärson in Monaco in 2006.
Anja Sofia Tess Pärson ( ; born 25 April 1981, in Umeåmarker, Sweden) is a Swedish alpine skier, the winner of seven World Championships gold medals and two Overall Alpine Skiing World Cup titles. She is also the reigning Olympic champion in the slalom, after her victory at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turinmarker.

Pärson was introduced to ski racing by her sister, Frida, and is now trained by her father, Anders. Her first World Cup race was a giant slalom at the World Cup Finals at Crans-Montanamarker, Switzerland (on 15 March 1998). She qualified for that race as the new junior World Champion but only finished 25th in last place. She won her first World Cup race, a slalom at Mammoth Mountainmarker, Californiamarker, in December 1998 at age 17, and her first gold medal at St. Antonmarker, Austria, in 2001. She clinched the silver medal in the giant slalom and the bronze medal in the slalom at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and added the gold in slalom plus two more bronze medals in downhill and combined in 2006 Winter Olympics.

Pärson won the Alpine Skiing World Cup overall title in 2004 and 2005. The latter title was won by the smallest margin ever, only 3 points over her fiercest rival, Janica Kostelić. Being initially a slalom and giant slalom specialist, she won her first Super-G and downhill races in March 2005 at San Sicariomarker, Italy, during the pre-Olympic competitions. As of January 2009, she has won a total of 40 World Cup races in all five disciplines.

Pärson has won seven gold medals in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, in 2001 (slalom), 2003 (giant slalom), 2005 (giant slalom, Super-G) and 2007 (Super-G, Super-combined, downhill). These go along with two silver and two bronze medals in other events in 2001 and 2005. With her three gold medals in 2007 at Åremarker, Sweden, she became the first skier in history to win World Championship golds in all five disciplines.

Pärson's athletics club is Fjällvinden, Tärnabymarker, the same to which skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark and Stig Strand belonged. She currently lives in Monacomarker and stands 170 cm (5 ft 7 in) tall. She was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal in 2006 and in 2007.

After two disappointing seasons (2006/07 and 2007/08 where she finished fifth and sixth) in the overall cup. However, during the 2008/09 season she once again showed that she is one of the best, finishing third in the overall cup.

World Cup victories

Overall and single discipline results

Season Discipline
2003 Giant Slalom
2004 Giant Slalom
2004 Slalom
2004 Overall
2005 Overall
2006 Giant Slalom
2009 Combined


Individual races

40 wins (18 Slalom, 11 Giant slalom, 4 Super-G, 5 Downhill, 2 Combined)

Date Location Race
3 December 1998 Mammoth Mountainmarker Slalom
9 December 2001 Sestrièresmarker Slalom
29 December 2001 Lienzmarker Slalom
5 January 2002 Maribormarker Slalom
6 January 2002 Maribor Slalom
30 November 2002 Aspenmarker Slalom
15 December 2002 Sestrières KO-Slalom
19 January 2003 Cortina d'Ampezzomarker Giant slalom
25 January 2003 Maribor Giant slalom
26 January 2003 Maribor Slalom
6 March 2003 Åremarker Giant slalom
28 November 2003 Park Citymarker Giant slalom
29 November 2003 Park City Slalom
16 December 2003 Madonna di Campigliomarker Slalom
28 December 2003 Lienz Slalom
5 January 2004 Megèvemarker Slalom
24 January 2004 Maribor Giant slalom
25 January 2004 Maribor Slalom
7 February 2004 Zwieselmarker Giant slalom
8 February 2004 Zwiesel Slalom
21 February 2004 Åre Giant slalom
14 March 2004 Sestrières Giant slalom
23 November 2004 Söldenmarker Giant slalom
23 January 2005 Maribor Slalom
25 February 2005 San Sicario Super-G
26 February 2005 San Sicario Downhill
11 December 2005 Aspen Slalom
22 December 2005 Špindlerův Mlýnmarker Slalom
28 December 2005 Lienz Giant Slalom
13 January 2006 Bad Kleinkirchheimmarker Downhill
27 January 2006 Cortina d'Ampezzo Super-G
4 February 2006 Ofterschwangmarker Giant slalom
11 March 2006 Levimarker Slalom
15 March 2006 Åre Downhill
15 March 2007 Lenzerheidemarker Super-G
15 December 2007 St. Moritzmarker Downhill
16 December 2007 St. Moritz Super-G
9 March 2008 Crans-Montanamarker Combined
19 December 2008 St. Moritz Combined
18 January 2009 Altenmarkt-Zauchenseemarker Downhill


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