I wanted to come here to be Olympic champion, but today I lost one of my opportunities.
More Quotes from Anja Paerson:I come from a very small village with only small mountains and for us to get a medal in downhill was not even a dream three years ago.
We set up a goal for this year to try to achieve a gold medal. It's hard when you do all five disciplines. We set up a totally different training schedule so that I would peak at the Olympics.
It was unbelievably close. I can't believe I won. I have been fighting the downhill all year and I didn't come here with a positive attitude I was hoping to finish top 10.
Even though it's easier to chase than to be chased, I definitely want to win a crystal globe. It would be a lot of fun to do it in front of the home crowd.
My first leg was really good. I have never seen myself ski so tight. I was very lucky with the number (start position two in the first leg) because the snow really got bad in the first leg.
My first run was really good. Second run it started snowing a little bit. I knew it was tight. The snow wasn't smooth. It was all the time something happening, and it was hard to see.
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