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Swedish skier Anja Paerson to retire

Updated: March 12, 2012, 1:38 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM -- Anja Paerson, an Olympic gold medalist in 2006 and seven-time world champion skier, plans to retire after this week's World Cup finals because of a string of injuries.

The 30-year-old Swede said in a statement on her country's ski federation website Monday that she has been slowed by the injuries, especially to her left knee.

"My career has been fantastic and I've achieved more than I could ever dream of," Paerson said. "The last years, with all the spectacular crashes ...

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