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Thursday, February 28, 2002
Two-time Olympic champ Wiberg retiring


STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Two-time Olympic champion Pernilla Wiberg will retire in April after competing in her native Salen, she has said.

"I have already said that this was probably going to be my last season," Wiberg, who was elected to serve on the IOC Athletes' Commission last week, told news agency TT.

Wiberg, who has struggled with knee problems throughout her career, was forced to pull out of the combined event at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and recently underwent surgery.

"I have done this one last operation and my knees are in quite good shape, so I don't want to risk anything," she said.

Wiberg, 31, won the Olympic giant slalom in Albertville in 1992 and the Olympic combined gold two years later in Lillehammer. She also has four World Championship golds and a 1997 World Cup win.

But she failed to impress in Salt Lake City, with a 12th place in the super-G as her best result.

"Of course it would have been more fun if I had ended my career with an Olympic medal and racing the rest of the World Cup, but things went as they went," she said.

Wiberg's last race takes place in Salen on April 13. The race is not part of the World Cup.