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Picabo : nothing to hide
Street, Picabo, 1971-
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Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2002]

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xv, 279 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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GV854.2.S843 A3 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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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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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

At age 30, world downhill champion and Olympic gold and silver medalist Picabo Street has written the story of her childhood and her racing career. Born in a half-abandoned Idaho mining town to unconventional parents, Picabo thrived on reckless, thrill-seeking juvenile adventures. After she began skiing, her living-on-the-edge style fueled her drive to the top. But it also led to tempestuous relations with teammates and a sportswriter's dream as she spouted statements like "Only the wild ones win." This book explains the differences between the types of racing, such as Super G and giant slalom, and provides an armchair understanding of how steep and treacherous the runs are. This story, told with youthful freshness and informal language, is engaging and honest. Readers will be cheering for her to succeed at the 2002 Olympics. Recommended for all public libraries, especially where skiing is popular. Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.