‘I live as I want’: Ex-skier Paerson speaks for gay rights
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Flash back a dozen years and Anja Paerson was on the top of the skiing world with her five-medal performance on home snow at the 2007 championships in Are.
Back in Are to take part in a "legends" race at this year's worlds, Paerson is now making headlines for a different reason — as a spokeswoman for gay rights.
Aamodt and Paerson defend Shiffrin’s race selection
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Scandinavian skiing royalty Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Anja Paerson have come to Mikaela Shiffrin's defense over her decision to race only three events at the world championships.
Shiffrin's decision to sit out the Alpine combined was questioned by fellow Americans Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller.
Aamodt and fellow Norwegian Lasse Kjus won Olympic or worlds medals in all five disciplines during their careers.