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Picabo Street
— Alpine skier —
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G, Combined
Born(1971-04-03) April 3, 1971 (age 43)
Triumph, Idaho, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
World Cup debutDecember 6, 1992
(age 21)
RetiredFebruary 2002 (age 30)
Olympics
Teams3 – (1994, 1998, 2002)
Medals2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams2 – (1993, 1996)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons8 – (1993-2002)
(injured 1999, 2000)
Wins9 – (9 DH)
Podiums17 – (15 DH, 2 SG)
Overall titles0 – (5th, 1995)
Discipline titles2 – (DH: 1995, 1996)
 
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Picabo Street
— Alpine skier —
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G, Combined
Born(1971-04-03) April 3, 1971 (age 43)
Triumph, Idaho, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
World Cup debutDecember 6, 1992
(age 21)
RetiredFebruary 2002 (age 30)
Olympics
Teams3 – (1994, 1998, 2002)
Medals2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams2 – (1993, 1996)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons8 – (1993-2002)
(injured 1999, 2000)
Wins9 – (9 DH)
Podiums17 – (15 DH, 2 SG)
Overall titles0 – (5th, 1995)
Discipline titles2 – (DH: 1995, 1996)

Picabo Street (/ˈpkəb/; born April 3, 1971) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from the United States. She won the super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics and the downhill at 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. Street also won World Cup downhill season titles in 1995 and 1996, the first American woman to do so, along with a nine World Cup downhill race wins. Street was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004.

Early life[edit]

Born at home in Triumph, Idaho, Street's parents are Dee (a music teacher) and Roland "Stubby" Street (a stonemason). Her older brother Roland, Jr. is one year older. Her parents decided to let Picabo choose her own name when she was old enough, so for the first two years of her life she was called "baby girl" or "little girl". At age 3 she was forced to be named in order to get a passport. She was named after the nearby village of Picabo.[2] She was raised on a small farm in Triumph, several miles southeast of Sun Valley, where she learned to ski and race. She attended Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and participated in its ski academy, Rowmark, for one year before returning to Sun Valley to race for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Before the academy, she was a member of the local Hailey Ski Team.[3]

Skiing career[edit]

Street first joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1989, at the age of 17. She primarily competed in the speed events of downhill and super G and made her World Cup debut at age 21 in a slalom on December 6, 1992. Two months later at the 1993 World Championships in Japan, she won the silver medal in the combined event.[4]

1994–1996[edit]

After her silver medal performance in the downhill at the 1994 Winter Olympics, a run was named after her at Sun Valley, on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain, the expert run formerly known as "Plaza" -became "Picabo's Street." Street joined Christin Cooper and Gretchen Fraser as Sun Valley Olympic medalists (their named runs are on Seattle Ridge).

By winning the 1995 downhill title, she became the first American ever to win a World Cup season title in a speed event. She repeated as downhill champion the following season, adding the title of world champion with her gold medal at the 1996 World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

1997–2002[edit]

In early December 1996, she suffered a knee injury in training in Colorado after competing in just two races and sat out the remainder of the 1997 season. A month after her gold medal win in the super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics, Street careened off course while racing at the final downhill of the 1998 season at Crans-Montana, Switzerland. She crashed and snapped her left femur into two and tore a ligament in her right knee.[5][6] She was in rehabilitation for two years following the accident.

Street returned to ski racing in late 2000, and retired from international competition after the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah, where she finished 16th in the downhill.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Street is now retired and splits her time between homes in Alabama and Park City, Utah. She has a son, Treyjan James Pawley, born in August 2004, with her former partner N. J. Pawley. On October 25, 2008, she married businessman John Reeser atop Prospect Mountain, near Hanceville, Alabama.[7] On August 3, 2009, Picabo gave birth to her second son, Dax Meyer Street Reeser, in Birmingham.

On ESPN's "College Game Day" in Boise on September 25, 2010, Picabo stated that she was pregnant and expecting her third boy.

She named her skis mainly after people who were strong and meant a lot to her. Among them, she has her "Earnies" (after Dale Earnhardt) and her "Arnolds" (after Arnold Schwarzenegger).[8]

She appeared on the TV shows Nickelodeon GUTS in 1994, and Pyramid (2002). She did very well on the show American Gladiators, where Street used her strength to defeat the gladiator character "Ice" in a couple of events.

In the late 1990s, after her success at the 1998 Winter Olympics, Street became a spokeswoman for a variety of products, including the soft drink Mountain Dew and ChapStick-brand lip balm.

In 1998 she signed with Giro Sport Design which was then developing its' first winter sports helmet. In August she toured the company's headquarters/manufacturing facility, then located in Santa Cruz, CA. Being gracious with her fans, she spoke with the Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, a long-time skier himself, about the progression of equipment, signing a prototype helmet for him as she left.[9] She also appeared on Celebrity Paranormal Project.

She wrote an autobiography in 2001 titled Picabo: Nothing to Hide (ISBN 0-07-140693-X). In it, Street reveals the pressures placed on her by her sponsors to succeed and win, which she maintains contributed to her devastating 1998 crash. She also writes of how she was able to transform from a rebellious tomboy into a world-class athlete.

A feature film based on Street's life story is in development as of late 2009, written by Eric Preston with director Charles Winkler slated to direct, and produced by Jeff Luini and Richard Weiner. Filming will begin in 2010 in Argentina.[10]

She appeared in a skit on Sesame Street, where Elmo was looking for Peekaboo Street and he met the real Picabo Street.

Picabo was the runner up (with a time of 5:37) in the NBC celebrity reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes.[11]

World Cup results[edit]

Season titles[edit]

SeasonDiscipline
1995Downhill
1996Downhill

Season standings[edit]

SeasonAgeOverallSlalomGiant
Slalom
Super GDownhillCombined
19932139563918
1994223642816
199523581
1996246491415
1997257125
199826462417
199927no World Cup starts
200028
2001296826
2002305217

Race podiums[edit]

SeasonDateLocationDisciplinePlace
199313 March 1993Kvitfjell, NorwayDownhill2nd
19959 December 1994Lake Louise, CanadaDownhill1st
11 December 1994Super G3rd
14 January 1995Garmisch, GermanySuper G2nd
20 January 1995Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill2nd
21 January 1995Downhill1st
17-Feb-1995Åre, SwedenDownhill1st
4 March 1995Saalbach, AustriaDownhill1st
11 March 1995   Lenzerheide, Switzerland  Downhill1st
15 March 1995Bormio, ItalyDownhill1st
199601-Dec-1995Lake Louise, CanadaDownhill1st
16 December 1995St. Anton, AustriaDownhill3rd
19 January 1996Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill1st
20 January 1996Downhill2nd
3 February 1996Val-d'Isère, FranceDownhill2nd
29 February 1996Narvik, NorwayDownhill1st
1 March 1996Downhill2nd

World Championship results[edit]

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
 Slalom 
Super GDownhillCombined
199321102
19962431
199725injured, did not compete
199927

Olympic results Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
 Slalom 
Super GDownhillCombined
199422210
19982616
20023016

References[edit]

  1. ^ ALPINE SKIING: Picabo Street
  2. ^ a b Phillips, Bob (2002). "Injuries haven't stopped greatest U.S. skier". ESPN. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.rowlandhall.org/schoollife/rowmark/college_placement/index.php Recent Articles : Ski Program – Rowmark Ski Academy, accessed February 21, 2010
  4. ^ "Vogt wins women's combined". Lodi News Sentinel. wire services. February 6, 1993. p. 15. 
  5. ^ The Augusta Chronicle – 1998-03-14 – accessed 2011-04-03
  6. ^ "Street breaks leg in crash". Lodi News Sentinel. Associated Press. March 14, 1998. p. 12. 
  7. ^ Sheff-Cahan, Vicki (November 3, 2008). "Olympic skier Picabo Street weds". People. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ United States Olympic Committee – Street, Picabo
  9. ^ "The Santa Cruz Sentinel", 6 Aug 1998.
  10. ^ "SportsBusiness Daily: Names In The News". September 2, 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2010. "Producers Richard Weiner and Jeff Luini will make a new movie based on the life of U.S. skier Picabo Street. Directed by Charles Winkler and written by Eric Preston, Picabo will start filming sometime in '10 in Argentina." 
  11. ^ "Stars Earn Stripes, Episode 105 (Harbor Demolition) Results". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 

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