Picabo: Nothing to Hide by Picabo Street

By Picabo Street

Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo highway is once more at the upward push, able to face the 2002 Olympics and inform her remarkable tale "Picabo Street...is the type of athlete for which the Olympics have been invented."­­USA this day "Street...has been functioning at Porsche speed...dominating women's downhill... [a] comeback queen."­­Glamour "Picabo rules... America's irrepressible ski champion."­­Skiing Olympic Champion Picabo road is golden once more the instant she burst onto the realm degree on the 1994 iciness Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, 23-year-old pace demon Picabo road ignited a hearth of pleasure within the media and within the hearts of fanatics that maintains to burn this present day. Free-spirited and outspoken, road used to be a brand new type of lady athlete and a brand new type of position version. road her silver medal win with immediately global Cup downhill titles­­a feat unrivaled in American skiing­­and ultimately, the final word Olympic gold medal win in Nagano in 1998. yet luck had its fee. only one month after her gold medal win, road careened off beam in a race in Switzerland, snapping her left femur in , shredding the ligament in her correct knee, and leaving her destiny at risk. Now, after years of excruciating ache, grueling rehabilitation, and beautiful own development, highway is coming round again, able to face the 2002 wintry weather Olympics and able to inform her inspiring tale. during this robust, sincere autobiography, road stocks her coming-of-age adventure, revealing how adversity formed a rebellious tomboy right into a champion athlete and compassionate lady, in concord together with her relations and at peace along with her worry of failure. the following, for the 1st time, highway addresses the pressures exerted on her by means of her ski sponsors which may were partially guilty for her negative crash; the scandals surrounding the Salt Lake urban Olympic Committee; and the way she overcame a long, debilitating melancholy. within the culture of Lance Armstrong's it is not in regards to the motorbike and Greg Louganis's Breaking the skin, Picabo: not anything to conceal is a poignant, intimate account of a girl pressured to rebuild herself­­body, brain, and soul. "I realized what all ladies have to study: that you should kick ass, and also you shouldn't ever be embarrassed about it."­­Picabo highway

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The peak was a volcanic plug that had thrust out of the earth millions of years ago, shedding a mantle of talus as Triumph 37 it cooled. Dad and Kenny Dickens used to hike up Porfrey and ski down, and one day they realized that all the loose rock could be quarried. Dad and Kenny brought in a third partner, a geologist from Reno, and they started lining up the necessary permits. They negotiated rights with the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Triumph Mineral Co. and put in a new road.

Sophie’s dad was the first dead body I ever saw. He died of an asthma attack, and there was an open casket at the funeral home. I’ll never forget looking down at his face, Willie Nelson’s “Blue Skies” playing in the background. Winter arrived in October and left in May and presented my gang with a whole new set of recreational options. We’d make snowmen and dig igloos and forts. We’d go hooky-bobbing, hanging onto the fenders of cars and letting the drivers haul us down the street while we tried to stand upright.

In the early 1990s, Triumph was declared a public health hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency considered making the old mine a Superfund Site, and many of Triumph’s residents have had their blood tested for lead. By the early ’90s, I was one of the country’s most promising young ski racers, and in 1993 some local environmental activists, eager to make 28 Picabo Street me a toxic-hazard poster girl, urged me to say that playing in the black sand had given me lead poisoning. I refused. It’s not in my nature to worry about something that I can’t control.

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