Birth date 25 Apr 1981 (37 years)
Nationality Sweden Sweden
Nickname Anja

Anja Sofia Tess Pärson was born on 25 April 1981 in Umeå, Sweden. She is more commonly known as Anja.

Parson started her professional through the introduction of her sister, Frida. It was in March 15, 1998 at the World Cup Finals in Crans-Montana, Switzerland where she had her very first World Cup race – a giant slalom.

World Championships

  • 2001 (St. Anton); slalom – gold
  • 2001 (St. Anton); giant slalom – bronze
  • 2003 (St. Moritz); giant slalom – gold
  • 2005 (Bormio); super-g – gold
  • 2005 (Bormio); giant slalom – gold
  • 2005 (Bormio); combined – bronze
  • 2007 (Are); super-g – gold
  • 2007 (Are); combined – gold
  • 2007 (Are); downhill – gold
  • 2007 (Are); team event – silver
  • 2007 (Are); slalom – bronze

Olympic Games

  • 2002 (Salt Lake City); giant slalom – silver
  • 2002 (Salt Lake City); slalom – bronze
  • 2006 (Turin); slalom – gold
  • 2006 (Turin); downhill – bronze
  • 2006 (Turin); combined – bronze

Parson’s sister, Frida, was the one who introduced her to the sport. The former is now trained by her father, Anders Parson. She was only about to turn 17 years old when she earned her first World Cup gold medal. Interestingly, Anja grew up in Tarnaby, Sweden which is also the hometown of the Swedish skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark. In 2006, Anja was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet. She is, at present, the reigning Olympic champion in the slalom – after she had won the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She has won 7 World Championships gold medals as well as 2 Overall Alpine Skiing World Cup titles so far.