Pernilla Wiberg

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Pernilla Wiberg (born October 15, 1970 in Norrköping) is a Swedish former alpine skier, who competed on a high level between 1990 and 2002. On club level, she represented Norrköpings SK.[1]

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Career

After competing without much success in two junior world championships in 1987 and 1988, Wiberg got her international breakthrough in the early 1990s. In her World Cup debut in Vemdalen, Sweden, on 8 March 1990, she finished 5th in slalom, and five days later she finished 3rd in giant slalom in Åre. The following season of 1990/91, she claimed three World Cup victories and a giant slalom gold medal at the World Championships in Saalbach. Until the end of her career in 2002, Wiberg won an additional 21 World Cup races, earning her a total of 24 World Cup race victories, including at least one victory in each of the five different alpine disciplines. In 1997 she won the overall World Cup. In the World Championships she won a total of six medals including four gold medals.[1]

Wiberg won the giant slalom gold in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the combination gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. She was at both these olympics the most successful Swedish athlete.[2] She participated in the olympic games of Nagano 1998, where she won the downhill silver medal. Wiberg herself holds this achievement to be the best of her career.[3] In her final olympics in Salt Lake City 2002, she failed to reach the top ten, finishing 14th in downhill and 12th in super-G.[1] The olympic super-G was to be her final international race, as she a few weeks later announced her retirement following a surgery to her knees.[4]

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