Anja Paerson reveals relationship

STOCKHOLM -- Retired ski great Anja Paerson says she is in a long-term relationship with a woman, ending years of speculation about her private life.

The 31-year-old Swede spoke of her girlfriend, Filippa, while hosting a talk show on Swedish Radio. The program was recorded on June 7 but not broadcast until Saturday.

Paerson, who retired this year, says: "I'm now throwing myself down the steepest hill of my life."

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 debuting in 1998. She won the overall title in 2004 and 2005.