Champion skier officially comes out

AP

Former Olympic gold medalist Anja Paerson, who retired earlier this year, says she is in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend Filippa, ending years of speculation regarding her private life.

The 31-year-old Paerson made the relationship public while hosting a summer talk-show on Swedish Radio, whose celebrity hosts rotate each day.

Paerson says “I’m now throwing myself down the steepest hill of my life.”

The program was pre-recorded on June 7, but was not broadcast until the weekend.

Paerson won 19 medals at major championships – six at the Olympics including gold in 2006 and 13 at the worlds. She has won 42 World Cup races since debuting in 1998, clinching overall titles in 2004 and ‘05.

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