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Pernilla Wiberg

Full name: Pernilla Christina Wiberg (-Bjerke)
Nickname(s): Pillan
Gender: Female
Height: 5-3 (161 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 15, 1970 in Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden
Affiliations: Norrköpings SK, Norrköping (SWE)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Pernilla Wiberg was one of the most successful all-round alpine skiers of the 1990s competing on the World Cup circuit between 1990 and 2002. She was one of only six female skiers to win World Cup races in all five disciplines and took medals in four of them at the Olympics and World Championships. In addition, she was nine times Swedish Champion in various events. Wiberg was most successful in the slalom with 14 World Cup victories. She won the Slalom World Cup once and was runner-up in five years, three times beaten by her Swiss rival Vreni Schneider. Her best season was the winter of 1996-97, in which she participated in every race of the five events, a total of 32. In 24 of them she made the top five including nine victories, five second and four third places. In this season, she accomplished a new record of points achieved in the overall World Cup score winning the overall, slalom and combined World Cups and ranking third, fourth and fifth in the super-G, downhill and giant slalom scores, respectively. In the super-G World Cup she was ahead before she had to drop out of the last race and, thus, gave way to the German Hilde Gerg. She became 1991 World Champion in the giant slalom, in 1996 in the slalom and the combined event, in 1999 again in the combined event and was runner-up in the slalom and in 1997 downhill bronze medalist, giving her a total of four gold medals and one silver and bronze medal each at World Championships. She was similarly successful at the Winter Olympics with gold in the 1992 giant slalom at Albertville, gold in the 1994 combined event at Lillehammer and silver in the 1998 downhill in Nagano. She was flagbearer for Sweden at the Opening Ceremony of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Pernilla Wiberg was the first Swedish female to become World and Olympic champion in alpine skiing. During her career she suffered various severe injuries, e.g. rupture of the cruciate ligament, meniscal problems and broken ribs, which probably prevented her from winning additional titles and medals. During her active career she underwent a total of 12 knee surgeries. Following her disappointing appearance at Salt Lake City in 2002, she retired from international competition. From 2002-10 she was an Athlete Member of the IOC. In 1991 she received the gold medal of the Svenska-Dagbladet newspaper and in 1991 and 1992 the annual award of the sport section of Sveriges Radio. Also in 1991 she recorded a pop song and music video called "Privilege", which went to #39 in the Swedish charts.

Wiberg works as a co-commentator for Swedish television and owns a hotel in Idre Fjäll in the Dalarna province. She committed herself to serving peace in the world through sport. She lives in Monaco together with her husband, former Norwegian alpine skier and temporary Sweden's national coach Bødvar Bjerke, and their two children. Her brother Andreas Wiberg was a former Swedish triathlon champion.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Sweden SWE 12
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Sweden SWE AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Sweden SWE 9
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Sweden SWE 4
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Sweden SWE AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Sweden SWE 4
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Sweden SWE 2 Silver
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Sweden SWE 14T
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Sweden SWE 11
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom Sweden SWE AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Women's Combined Sweden SWE AC DNF
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill Sweden SWE 14
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Women's Super G Sweden SWE 12

Women's Downhill

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 9 1:37.61
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 2 1:29.18
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 14 1:41.09

Women's Super G

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 12 1:24.58
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 4 1:22.67
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 14T 1:18.88
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 12 1:14.89

Women's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 2:12.74
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 1 2 1:06.36
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 2 1 1:06.38
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 1 AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 11 2:55.40
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 1 14 1:21.48
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 2 10 1:33.92

Women's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings AC DNF
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 1 AC DNF
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 4 1:56.68
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 1 2 59.05
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 2 6 57.63
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Run 1 AC DNF

Women's Combined

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings 1 3:05.16
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Downhill 5 1:28.70
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Slalom 2 1:36.46
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Slalom Run 1 1 49.35
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Alpine Skiing Sweden Slalom Run 2 2 47.11
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Downhill 2 1:28.86
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Slalom AC DNF
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Alpine Skiing Sweden Slalom Run 1 AC DNF
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