Picabo Street is the great American champion skier of this generation, having won the silver medal at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in '94, the World Championship and World Cup titles in '95 and '96, and the Olympic Gold in Nagano, Japan in '98. Three years after a horrific crash that shattered her leg in four places and made headlines around the world, she's coming back for the Salt Lake City Olympics. This is her story.
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The moment she burst onto the world stage at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, twenty-three year old ski racer Picabo Street ignited a fire of excitement in the media and in the hearts of fans that continues to burn today. Following that silver medal win with two straight World Cup downhill titlesa feat unmatched in American skiingand, finally, the ultimate Olympic gold medal win in Nagano in 1998, the outspoken speed demon who bore a name as unforgettable as her performance was a new kind of female athlete and new kind of role model. But success had its price. In a life marked by extremesfrom the highest accomplishments to the lowest of lowsStreet was about to realize an athlete's greatest fear.
Just one month after grabbing the gold, Street careened off course in a race in Switzerland, snapping her left femur in two, tearing the ligament in her right knee, and leaving her future in doubt. Now, after two years of pain, grueling rehabilitation, and stunning personal growth, Street is making a comeback, ready to face the 2002 Winter Olympics, and ready to tell her inspiring story. It's the story not only an elite athlete, but of a youth of opposites in which Street was "a poor kid in a rich kid's sport, a girl among boys, a free spirit among hard-asses, an American in a sport ruled by Europeans." Above all, it's the story of a girl from a tiny community called Triumphwho grew up to do just that.
With unflinching honesty Street shares her coming-of-age experience, revealing how adversity shaped a rebellious tomboy into a champion and a compassionate woman, in harmony with her family, at peace with her fear of failure, and having come to terms with the body-image issues faced by every girl. For the first time, Street addresses the scandals surrounding Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics; the truth about her unconventional upbringing, and how she overcame a lengthy, debilitating depression.
In the tradition of Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike and Greg Louganis's Breaking the Surface, Picabo: Nothing to Hide is a poignant, intimate account of a woman forced to rebuild herselfbody, mind, and soul.
"I LEARNED WHAT ALL GIRLS NEED TO LEARN: THAT YOU CAN FIGHT TO WIN, AND YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF IT. DON'T LET ANYTHING SLOW YOU DOWN."
Patriot, tomboy, household name, Olympic champion . . . the irrepressible young woman who took the slopesand our heartsby storm in what is often called the NASCAR of winter sports is golden once again, and ready to reveal the trials and triumphs of a life already marked by stunning victory, wrenching defeat, and magnificent mental and physical resilience. Here is Picabo Streeton and off the skis.From Publishers Weekly:
In her autobiography, Olympic ski racer Street gives a solid chronology of her career with her independent "I'll do what I want" attitude. Not a typical sports superstar, Street prefers to hang out with her family or old friends. She's also not been a favorite model for magazine covers, since, due to her injuries, her weight has greatly fluctuated. However, it becomes evident that Street cares most about excelling at her sport and when she doesn't perform well, she blames herself and vows to improve for the next competition. Street attributes her atypical traits to her upbringing in Triumph, Idaho a small town near the Sun Valley and Ketchum ski resorts, where she grew up a tomboy and to her parents, who were "hippies" feeding the family from homegrown vegetables and providing the bare minimum. As an adolescent, Street's speed was apparent as she beat many more experienced male skiers. She loved speed but she also loved to please her father, who coached her. Street is charming and sometimes refreshingly honest: "Unfortunately, ski racing is no way to lose weight.... Skiing is also anaerobic. Getting your heart rate up for 90 seconds isn't enough to burn much fat. Then you sit around in the lodge, trying not to eat pastries and French fries. What can I say? I like to eat." Fans of Picabo will enjoy this book but, because she hasn't been in the public eye recently, her audience may be somewhat limited.
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