Picabo Street

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Picabo Street
— Alpine ski racer —
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G
Born(1971-04-03) April 3, 1971 (age 42)
Triumph, Idaho, U.S.
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [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 – (DH1995, 1996)
 
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Picabo Street
— Alpine ski racer —
DisciplinesDownhill, Super-G
Born(1971-04-03) April 3, 1971 (age 42)
Triumph, Idaho, U.S.
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [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 – (DH1995, 1996)

Picabo Street (/ˈpkəb/; born April 3, 1971) is a former World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States. She won gold medals in super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics and in downhill at 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. She also won World Cup downhill season titles in 1995 and 1996, the first American woman to do so, along with a total of 9 World Cup downhill race wins. Street was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004.

Early life[edit]

Street was born at home in Triumph, Idaho to Dee (a music teacher) and Roland "Stubby" (stonemason). Her older brother Roland Jr is one year older. Dee/Roland Sr 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 her mother took her to get a passport so the family could all go to Mexico for Roland Sr's work, and she was forced to be named for her passport. It was then her parents named her 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.

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 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. [4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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).[7]

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. 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.[8]

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.[9]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

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

Season titles[edit]

SeasonDiscipline
1995Downhill
1996Downhill

Race podiums[edit]

SeasonDateLocationRacePlace
199313-Mar-1993Norway Kvitfjell, NorwayDownhill2nd
199509-Dec-1994Canada Lake Louise, CanadaDownhill1st
11-Dec-1994Super G3rd
14-Jan-1995Germany Garmisch, GermanySuper G2nd
20-Jan-1995Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill2nd
21-Jan-1995Downhill1st
17-Feb-1995Sweden Åre, SwedenDownhill1st
04-Mar-1995Austria Saalbach, AustriaDownhill1st
11-Mar-1995Switzerland Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandDownhill1st
15-Mar-1995Italy Bormio, ItalyDownhill1st
199601-Dec-1995Canada Lake Louise, CanadaDownhill1st
16-Dec-1995Austria St. Anton, AustriaDownhill3rd
19-Jan-1996Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill1st
20-Jan-1996Downhill2nd
03-Feb-1996France Val-d'Isère, FranceDownhill2nd
29-Feb-1996Norway Narvik, NorwayDownhill1st
01-Mar-1996Downhill2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ ALPINE SKIING: Picabo Street
  2. ^ http://www.espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/Street_Picabo.html Picabo Street Bio On ESPN
  3. ^ http://www.rowlandhall.org/schoollife/rowmark/college_placement/index.php Recent Articles : Ski Program – Rowmark Ski Academy, accessed February 21, 2010
  4. ^ The Augusta Chronicle – 1998-03-14 – accessed 2011-04-03
  5. ^ espn.go.com – biography – Picabo Street – accessed 2011-04-03
  6. ^ "Olympic Skier Picabo Street Weds" People Online, November 3, 2008.
  7. ^ United States Olympic Committee – Street, Picabo
  8. ^ "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." 
  9. ^ "Stars Earn Stripes, Episode 105 (Harbor Demolition) Results". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 

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