Umeå, Västerbottens län, Sweden
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Anja Sofia Tess Pärson (born 25 April 1981, in Umeå, 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 Turin. She has won a total of 41 World cup races. 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-Montana, 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 Mountain, California, in December 1998 at age 17, and her first gold medal at St. Anton, 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 fierce rival, Janica Kostelić. Initially a slalom and giant slalom specialist, she won her first Super-G and downhill races in March 2005 at San Sicario, Italy, during the pre-Olympic competitions. As of January 2010, she has won a total of 41 World Cup races in all five disciplines.
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Anja Sofia Tess Pärson
Anja Sofia Tess Pärson (born 25 April 1981) is a Swedish former alpine skier. She is an Olympic gold medalist, seven-time gold medalist at the World Championships, and two-time overall Alpine Skiing World Cup champion. She has won a total of 42 World Cup races.
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