|Full name||Ann Kristin Aarønes|
|Date of birth||19 January 1973|
|Place of birth||Ålesund, Norway|
|Height||182 cm (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2001||New York Power||15||(3)|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 21:24, 10 December 2014 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:24, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Ann Kristin "Anka" Aarønes (born 19 January 1973) is a Norwegian former footballer. She first played for Spjelkavik IL, then for Trondheims-Ørn and the Norwegian national team. Later she played for the WUSA's New York Power, during the club's first season of play in 2001.
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