Another podium for Anja Paerson

January 10th, 2010

Two days after her great result in the first downhill in Haus im Ennstal, Sweden’s double World Cup champion confirmed her improving form in reaching another podium in the Austrian resort, this time in Super G. The HEAD skier from Taernaby, one of the few racers having excelled in all alpine specialties, came in 2nd in that competition won by USA’s Lindsey Vonn. She was very glad to have achieved another strong performance this weekend.

“It wasn’t so easy to concentrate myself on the race after my bad result in Lake Louise and Val d’Isère,” she said. “There I wanted to come back in a very aggressive way. Maybe sometimes, I’m too aggressive. I had a lot of things in my head before the start.”

“There are so many small factors that you need to get together to feel totally comfortable. It’s always a big battle. When I crashed in Val d’Isère, I destroyed my best pair of racing skis, and I needed to get a new one for the speed disciplines. It made me so nervous. Fortunately I was provided with another good pair here.”

“I’m so proud of my results here. It shows that if you continue to fight it gives you something back. People are always wondering why someone like me is still having self confidence problems. But it’s not because I had many medals and big success a few years ago, that I’m skiing well right now. Every season, each race is a new start, and you have to start all around again.”

„Lindsey is unbeatable for the moment, but she knows that we are all behind her, hunting her, trying to get the smallest advantage on her. You can’t stop trying. Hopefully I may keep on skiing this way until the eventual next gold medal in Vancouver! Who knows?”