Pärson Takes Bronze Despite Injury

A day after a spectacular crash that could have ended her career, Sweden’s Anja Pärson defied painful bruising and returned to Whistler mountain to take bronze in the super combined event on Thursday.

“She showed an amazing will and fighting spirit. There are many who would not have been able to go on after a crash like that,” her trainer Mikael Junglind told news agency TT.

Pärson suffered muscle bleeding in both thighs and extensive bruising when she crashed after a 60 metre jump in the women’s downhill on Wednesday.

When she woke on Thursday, the pain was so severe that she thought she would not compete, she told reporters. Yet just minutes before the super combined alpine event she decided to step back onto the same slope.

“I had a mountain to conquer and my own expectations to surpass. There were a lot of feelings at the start,” she told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

“I had to fight with myself. It was not just the skiing but the mental challenge.”