Pernilla Wiberg

Born Oct 15, 1970
Nationality Sweden Sweden

Pernilla Wiberg is a former Alpine skier from Sweden. She is most known for her Olympic and World Championship wins. She has also won multiple World Cup titles and is considered to be one of the most accomplished skiers from Sweden. She came to success in the 90s after having slow victories in the 1980s. While competing on a club level Wiberg represented Norrkopings SK.

Wiberg got her first international win in March of 1990. She finished 5th in slalom and 3rd in giant slalom a few days later. She continued her victorious streak by winning the giant slalom in the 1992 Winter Olympics. She also won a gold medal in a combination at the 1994 Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer. In both said Olympics, Wiberg was the most successful Swedish athlete. She also participated in the Winter Olympics of 1998 in Nagano and took home a silver medal. Wiberg is said to consider this win as her career best.

Her final Olympic bid was in 2002, however, she failed tor reach the top 3 and finished 14th in the downhill and 12th in the super-G. It was anticipated to be her final career race and a few weeks later (following surgery to an injured knee) Wiberg announced her retirement from the sport.

She was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal (1991) for her Slalom victory in two World Championships. In the same year, she was also awarded a Jerringpriset award. She received the same award again in 1992.

Wiberg became an elected member of the International Olympic Committee in 2002. As announced in September 2008, she is to chair a commission that will analyze projects of cities shortlisted for the 1st ever Winter Youth Olympic Games.

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