Ski great comes out on radio show

Former Olympic gold medallist Anja Paerson, who retired earlier this year, says she is in a long-term relationship with her girlfriend, Filippa, ending years of speculation regarding her private life.

The 31-year-old Paerson made the relationship public while hosting a summer talk-show on Swedish Radio, whose celebrity hosts rotate each week.

Paerson says “I’m now throwing myself down the steepest hill of my life.”

The program was recorded June 7 but was not broadcast until Saturday.

Paerson won 19 medals at major championships — six at the Olympics, including gold in 2006, and 13 at the worlds. She has won 42 World Cup races since she debuted in 1998, clinching overall titles in 2004 and ‘05.