|— Alpine skier —|
Wiberg in 2011
|Disciplines||Downhill, Super G,
Giant Slalom, Slalom,
15 October 1970 |
|Height||1.61 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|World Cup debut||13 March 1990 - (age 19)|
|Teams||4 – (1992-2002)|
|Medals||3 (2 gold)|
|Teams||5 – (1991-2001)|
|Medals||6 (4 gold)|
|Seasons||12 – (1991-2002)|
|Overall titles||1 – 1997|
|Discipline titles||4 – SL ('97), K ('94, '95, '97)|
Pernilla Wiberg (born 15 October 1970 in Norrköping) is a Swedish former alpine ski racer, who competed on the World Cup circuit between 1990 and 2002, where she became one of the few all-event winners. Having won two Olympic gold medals, four World Championships and one World Cup overall title, she is one of the most successful alpine ski racers of the nineties. On club level, she represented Norrköpings SK.
After competing without much success in two junior world championships in 1987 and 1988, Wiberg got her international breakthrough in the early 1990s. In her World Cup debut in Vemdalen, Sweden, on 13 March 1990, she finished 5th in slalom, and five days later she finished 3rd in giant slalom in Åre. In the following season of 1991, she claimed three World Cup victories and a giant slalom gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Saalbach. Her Alpine World Championship gold was the first for a Scandinavian woman in 33 years. Until the end of her career in 2002, Wiberg won an additional 21 World Cup races, earning her a total of 24 World Cup race victories, including at least one victory in each of the five different alpine disciplines. Her finest season was in 1997 she won ten World Cup races and took the overall, slalom, and combined titles. In five World Championships she won six medals: four gold, one silver, and one bronze.
Her best season was in 1996/1997 when she easily won her only Overall World Cup title as well as the slalom title, with victories in all disciplines this year. Her only dissapointments of her incredible season were a relatively lackluster World Championships, and most of all needing only a 5th place finish to win the season Super G title she went off course and thus lost the discipline title and Super G crystal globe to Hilde Gerg.
She suffered from injuries off and on the following 5 years, having a mostly lackluster 1997/1998 season but salvaged by a surprise downhill silver at the Nagano Olympics. She would retire following the 1998/1999 season but make a comeback in 2001, and make it to compete in a final Olympics in her last season of 2001/2002.
Wiberg won the giant slalom gold in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and the combination gold medal in 1994 at Lillehammer. At both of these Olympics, Wiberg was the most successful Swedish athlete. In 1998 in Nagano, she won the downhill silver medal; Wiberg holds this achievement to be the best of her career. In her final Olympics in 2002 at age 31, she failed to reach the top ten and finished 14th in downhill and 12th in super-G. The Olympic super-G was to be her final international race, as she announced her retirement a few weeks later, following surgery on her knees.
In 1991, Wiberg was awarded the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal. The jury's motivation was: "For the sensational giant slalom victory in the World Championships, secured through a bold and skillful second leg." The same year, 1991, she was awarded Jerringpriset, an award she received again the following year.
International Olympic Committee
Wiberg was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2002 and served an eight-year mandate until 2010. She was a member of the following commissions: Athletes’ (2002-), Sport and Environment (2002), Ethics (2003-), Coordination for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 (2003-), Nominations (2003-). On 2 September 2008, IOC announced that Wiberg would chair a commission appointed by the president of IOC, Jacques Rogge. The commission would analyse the projects of the shortlisted cities candidating for 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Pernilla is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.
World Cup victories
|1991||7 January 1991||Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria||Slalom|
|10 March 1991||Lake Louise, Canada||Giant Slalom|
|20 March 1991||Waterville Valley, USA||Slalom|
|1992||28 February 1992||Narvik, Norway||Giant Slalom|
|1993||6 December 1992||Steamboat Springs, USA||Slalom|
|1994||12 December 1993||Veysonnaz, Switzerland||Slalom|
|6 January 1994||Morzine, France||Slalom|
|17 January 1994||Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy||Super-G|
|5 February 1994||Sierra Nevada, Spain||Combined|
|1995||12 March 1995||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||Slalom|
|1996||22 December 1995||Veysonnaz, Switzerland||Slalom|
|29 December 1995||Semmering, Austria||Slalom|
|1997||1 December 1996||Lake Louise, Canada||Super-G|
|28 December 1996||Semmering, Austria||Slalom|
|4 January 1997||Maribor, Slovenia||Slalom|
|12 January 1997||Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria||Super-G|
|19 January 1997||Zwiesel, Germany||Slalom|
|2 February 1997||Laax, Switzerland||Combined|
|7 March 1997||Mammoth Mountain, USA||Slalom|
|12 March 1997||Vail, USA||Downhill|
|16 March 1997||Slalom|
|1999||3 January 1999||Maribor, Slovenia||Slalom|
|2000||18 December 1999||St. Moritz, Switzerland||Downhill|
- World cup results at www.fis-ski.com
- FIS-Ski - Biography. Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
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- "Pernilla Wiberg: Executive Profile & Biography". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
- Nationalencyklopedin - Pernilla Wiberg. (Swedish). Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- Pernilla Wiberg official website. Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- "Pernilla Wiberg opererad och karriären är över". ST.nu - Sundsvalls Tidning (TT). 2002-03-01. (Swedish). Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- "Bragdmedaljörer genom tiderna". SvD - Svenska Dagbladet. 2007-12-04. (Swedish). Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- Radiosporten - Jerringpriset. Radiosporten - sr.se. (Swedish). Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- IOC Members - Pernilla Wiberg. Retrieved on 2008-09-09.
- "Pernilla Wiberg heads IOC Evaluation Commission for 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games", www.olympic.org - Official website of the Olympic Movement. 2008-09-02. Retrieved on 2008-09-09.
- Peace and Sport
- "Pernilla och Bödvar fick en pojke". SvD - Svenska Dagbladet (TT). 2003-08-23. (Swedish). Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- "Pernilla Wiberg: "Det blev en liten Sofia"". Norrköping - Expressen. 2007-12-16. (Swedish). Retrieved on 2008-09-11.
- World cup results at www.fis-ski.com
- Pernilla Wiberg at the International Ski Federation
- FIS-Ski.com – World Cup season standings – Pernilla Wiberg
- Ski-db.com - results - Pernilla Wiberg
- pernilla-wiberg.com - official site
- Pernilla Wiberg Hotel in Sweden.
|Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal