Picabo Street

Picabo Street ( born April 3, 1971 in Triumph, Idaho) is a former American alpine skier. Mid-1990s, she was one of the world's most successful athletes in the disciplines of downhill and Super -G. It was once each Olympic champion and world champion, also won twice the rating of the world cup downhill and nine World Cup races. The last years of her sports career were marked by serious injury. In the U.S. Today, it occurs as a promotional ambassador and is regularly seen on television shows.

  • 2.1 The Olympic Games
  • 2.2 World Championships
  • 2.3 Junior World Championships
  • 2.4 World Cup
  • 2.5 Nor- Am Cup
  • 2.6 U.S. Championships



Streets parents, staunch supporters of the hippie culture, decided at birth that the daughter should choose their own names. Therefore, it was initially simply called Baby Girl. When she needed a passport at the age of six years, she received officially the name Picabo, the name of a nearby Indian settlement, which translated means " shining waters". In English, the name as the toddlers play peek-a -boo is ( German about piekebuh ) pronounced.

The Street regarded as extremely extroverted spent her childhood in the Sun Valley ski resort. By the age of 13, she grew up without television and played - as a typical tomboy - with the village boys Football. However, when 16 -year-old she found her calling in skiing and decided to pursue the hobby professionally. In 1989, she was inducted into the U.S. National Team, but suffered the same year a torn ACL in his left knee. First they came mainly next FIS races and Junior World Championships in Nor- Am Cup used, which she won in the seasons 1990/91 and 1991/92.

Sports career

On 6 December 1992 Street had its premiere in the World Cup: In the slalom of Steamboat Springs she went to 22nd position and pulled right off the bat their first World Cup points. This remained their only countable slalom result, as she sat fully on the speed disciplines. Your first ranking in the top ten, it achieved on 15 January 1993, when the Eighth departure from Cortina d' Ampezzo. At the 1993 World Championships in Morioka she won rather surprising the Silver medal in the combination (where she went in the fastest combi departure). On March 13, 1993, she drove in the departure of Narvik also to second place and thus stood on the podium for the first time a World Cup competition.

In the World Cup season 1993 /94 Street regularly placed in the top ten. At the Olympic Winter Games 1994, she also won a silver medal; in the downhill, which was held in Kvitfjell, she had to admit defeat to the German Katja Seizinger. A ski slope in Sun Valley bares the name Picabo 's Street. During the season 1994/95 Street won six of nine world-class runs ( five of them in a row) and decided therefore the discipline superior rating for themselves. She was the first American woman who won the World Cup standings in a non-technical discipline. Although they had driven a single slalom and stayed with two giant slaloms with no points, they finished fifth overall.

Similarly successful was the season 1995 /96 apply. With three more victories departure they won for the second time in a row the discipline standings with a large margin. At the World Championships in 1996 in the Sierra Nevada, they also won the downhill it came up third place in the Super -G. On 1 December 1996 Street crashed on the Super G in Lake Louise difficult and ripped in my left knee again the cross of tape, so it turned out for the rest of the season.

The 1997/98 season was characterized by rather average results. But at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, it was contrary to the season so far Olympic champion in super -G, with a hundredth of a second ahead of the Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister. Only twelve days before she was overthrown in the departure of Åre and lay unconscious for a few minutes on the slopes. At the World Cup finals in Crans -Montana, she fell hard again and pulled it a fraction of the left thigh and tore a ligament in his right knee.

It was only in December 2000 Street again took part in a World Cup race, the successes of previous years remained out but. The best result was a year later a fifth-place finish in the downhill in Lake Louise. She took back regularly to race the Nor- Am Cup in part, where she won the downhill score in the 2000 /01 season. On 12 February 2002, after she had gone to the departure of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games on the 16th place, she announced her departure.

Following the resignation

Even after her Olympic victory in 1998 Street had appeared in numerous television shows. So it was this year the jury of the Miss America. Following the resignation of the ski racing TV appearances became more frequent, including celebrity specials known game shows such as Hollywood Squares and Pyramid, the Today show or the reality show Celebrity Paranormal Project. In 2003, she presented at the transmitter OLN the twelve part documentary series Picabo Street 's Snow Zone and 2006, she worked for NBC special correspondent at the Olympic Winter Games in Turin. It also occurs as a promotional ambassador for many products in appearance, including the soda Mountain Dew, the lip balm ChapStick and the sporting goods manufacturer Nike.

2004 Street was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. On 25 October 2008 she married the businessman John Reeser. From a previous relationship you come from in 2004 born son.


Olympic games

  • Lillehammer 1994: 2nd exit
  • Nagano 1998: 1 Super -G, Downhill 6
  • Salt Lake City 2002: 16 Departure

World Championships

  • Morioka 1993: 2 combination 10 departure
  • Sierra Nevada 1996: 1st exit, third Super -G

Junior World Championships

  • Madonna di Campiglio 1988: 6 Departure
  • Zinal 1990: 5 Slalom, Giant Slalom 13

World Cup

World Cup ratings:

  • Season 1993/94: 8 downhill World Cup
  • Season 1994/95: 5 Overall World Cup, first downhill World Cup, 8 Super - G World Cup
  • 1995/ 96: 6 Overall World Cup, first downhill World Cup, 5th Combined World Cup

World Cup victories (all downhill ):

Nor- Am Cup

  • Overall victory in the seasons 1990/91 and 1991/92
  • Victory in the downhill score in the 2000 /01 season

U.S. Championships

  • 4 American Championship titles: 2x Super -G (1993 and 1996)
  • 2x Departure ( 1994 and 1996 )


  • World Sports Archives, Edition 38/1995 ( Munzinger archive)