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Picabo Street was born in the appropriately-named town of Triumph in the U.S. state of Idaho.

The national anthem as motivator

She finished second in the downhill at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. As she stood on the podium with the silver medal around her neck, she listened to the German national anthem being played for Katja Seizinger and thought, "Next time I'm back up here, I'm going to be listening to my national anthem played for me". She even took lessons from her mother so that she would not forget the words.

Super-G on downhill skies lead her to victory

Street's chances looked good until she took a bad spill and missed a full year of competition. She began racing again only eight weeks before the 1998 Winter Olympics. Only a week before the Nagano Opening Ceremony, she fell and was knocked unconscious for two minutes. The Olympic super giant slalom was delayed one day because of heavy snow. The course was almost as straight as a downhill, so Street chose downhill skis and was rewarded for her decision. She overcame a mid-race error and finished in a time that was one one-hundredth of a second faster than Michaela Dorfmeister of Austria. At the medal ceremony, Picabo Street got the words right. She participated again in the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, finishing 16th in the downhill event.

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Picabo Street: Remembering Lillehammer

One of the leading lights of women’s Alpine skiing in the 1990s, Picabo Street was crowned Olympic super-G champion at Nagano 1998. However, in the latest instalment of our Words of Olympians series, the American reveals her most treasured memory remains the downhill silver medal she captured in Lillehammer four years earlier.
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Lindsey Vonn talks about her hero, Picabo Street

With one Olympic gold medal under her belt, two World Championship titles in her locker and World Cup wins in all five Alpine ski disciplines under her belt, it’s no exaggeration to say Lindsey Vonn has achieved hero status. But even heroes need somebody to look up to, and as a young racer starting out on the circuit Lindsey’s idol was none-other that Olympic super G champion Picabo Street.

 

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12 Feb 2002: Picabo Street of the USA in the women's downhill final during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Snowbasin ski area in Ogden, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
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OGDEN, UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 12: OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE SALT LAKE CITY 2002, Ogden; ABFAHRT/FRAUEN; Picabo STREET/USA (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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10 Feb 2002: Picabo Street of the USA practices the women's downhill at the Snowbasin ski area during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in Ogden, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Adam Pretty/Getty Images
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9 Feb 2002: Picabo Street of the USA practices the women's downhill at the Snowbasin ski area during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in Ogden, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Zoom Sports/Getty Images
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