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Anja Paerson and girlfriend welcome newborn boy

The AFP is reporting that alpine skiing star Anja Paerson of Sweden has become a mother to a baby boy with her long-term girlfriend. Paerson’s 39-year-old partner Filippa gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday. This corrects an earlier statement by the AFP that Paerson carried the child.

“Early yesterday morning (Wednesday) the most beautiful little boy in the world arrived. I don’t think I could be happier,” said the former Olympic champion, who also published a photo of the newborn.

The 31-year-old, who retired following the World Cup earlier in 2012, has for years faced rumors about her personal life, before revealing on Swedish radio last month that she was in a relationship with a woman, Ms Filippa, 39.

Paerson, who made her debut in 1988 at the World Cup, took 19 championship medals, 42 World Cup victories, and two overall World Cup titles in 2004 and 2005. —AFP

Geoff Mintz

Associate Editor

Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism. He currently lives in the woods above Vail with his wife, Colleen.

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