Picabo Street

Picabo Street
 Alpine skier 
Disciplines Downhill, Super-G, Combined
Born (1971-04-03) April 3, 1971
Triumph, Idaho, U.S.
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
World Cup debut December 6, 1992
(age 21)
Retired February 2002 (age 30)
Teams 3 – (1994, 1998, 2002)
Medals 2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams 2 – (1993, 1996)
Medals 3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons 8 – (1993-2002)
(injured 1999, 2000)
Wins 9 – (9 DH)
Podiums 17 – (15 DH, 2 SG)
Overall titles 0 – (5th, 1995)
Discipline titles 2 – (DH: 1995, 1996)

Picabo Street (/ˈpkəb/; born April 3, 1971) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. 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

Born at home in Triumph, Idaho, Street's parents are Dee (a music teacher) and Roland "Stubby" Street (a stonemason). Her 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 required to have a name 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

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]


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.


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

Street is now retired and splits her time between homes in Alabama and Winter Park, Colorado. 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 for 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. Her name also appeared in the song "One Big Mob" by the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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

Season titles

Season Discipline

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
Super G Downhill Combined
1993 21 39 56 39 18
1994 22 36 42 8 16
1995 23 5 8 1
1996 24 6 49 14 1 5
1997 25 71 25
1998 26 46 24 17
1999 27 no World Cup starts
2000 28
2001 29 68 26
2002 30 52 17

Race podiums

Season Date Location Discipline Place
1993 13 March 1993 Kvitfjell, Norway Downhill 2nd
1995 9 December 1994 Lake Louise, Canada Downhill 1st
11 December 1994 Super G 3rd
14 January 1995 Garmisch, Germany Super G 2nd
20 January 1995 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Downhill 2nd
21 January 1995 Downhill 1st
17-Feb-1995 Åre, Sweden Downhill 1st
4 March 1995 Saalbach, Austria Downhill 1st
11 March 1995    Lenzerheide, Switzerland  Downhill 1st
15 March 1995 Bormio, Italy Downhill 1st
1996 01-Dec-1995 Lake Louise, CanadaDownhill 1st
16 December 1995 St. Anton, Austria Downhill 3rd
19 January 1996 Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalyDownhill 1st
20 January 1996 Downhill 2nd
3 February 1996 Val-d'Isère, FranceDownhill 2nd
29 February 1996 Narvik, Norway Downhill 1st
1 March 1996 Downhill 2nd

World Championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
Super G Downhill Combined
1993 21 10 2
1996 24 3 1
1997 25 injured, did not compete
1999 27

Olympic results

  Year    Age   Slalom   Giant 
Super G Downhill Combined
1994 22 2 10
1998 26 1 6
2002 30 16


  1. ALPINE SKIING: Picabo Street
  2. 1 2 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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