Swedish skier Anja Paerson to retire

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Anja Paerson of Sweden says she will retire after the final World Cup races of the season this week, ending a career in which she won six Olympic medals.

Paerson said in a statement posted on the Swedish ski federation's website Monday that injuries, especially to her left knee, have prevented her from competing at her highest level recently.

Paerson won 19 medals at major championships and has won 42 World Cup races since her debut in 1998. The races in Schladming, Austria, this week will be her last.

Paerson said: "My career has been fantastic and I've achieved more than I could ever dream of."