“I have my gold forever and no one can ever take it away from me,” Street said. These days, the American ski team feels a different sort of weight: None of its Alpine skiers has won a gold medal since Street in 1998. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardThe team was shut out at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The American women had no medals at all, and Bode Miller won the men’s only medals with silvers in the giant slalom and combined. The last U.S. man to win Olympic gold in Alpine skiing was Tommy Moe in the 1994 downhill at Lillehammer, Norway. Street retired after the 2002 Olympics, where she finished 16th in the downhill. She’d like to see this American drought end at next month’s Turin Games. “I think definitely this is one of the strongest teams I’ve ever seen,” she said. “There are medal opportunities in every discipline for sure. The women’s giant slalom is probably the weakest but other than that, it’s looking good. In some we’re looking at two-three opportunities per discipline. It’s pretty impressive.” One of Street’s favorites is Daron Rahlves, the winner of three World Cup downhill races this season. He matched her U.S. record of nine career victories in the discipline with his triumph on Lauberhorn last weekend. “I have such high hopes for him. I want him to win an Olympic medal so badly,” Street said. “I love him. He’s such a good dude. He’s an all-around good athlete, nice guy, respectful and loyal yet real and cool. ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Picabo Street remembers the surprising weight, how heavy it felt to have the super-G gold medal slipped around her neck by French ski great Jean-Claude Killy at the Nagano Olympics almost eight years ago. The medal – black onyx etched with inlaid gold and hanging from a bulky blue and gold ribbon – is usually out of sight now, juggled from safe to safety deposit box between the occasional public appearance. “Bode is hard to predict. I’m looking forward to the Bode Show like everyone else.” Among the women, Street looks to friend and protege Lindsey Kildow, the winner of two downhills this season. Kildow placed fourth three times at the worlds last winter in Bormio, Italy, sobbing when she was beaten out for a podium spot in the downhill. “Lindsey has a good in opportunity to medal, and with her world championship experience, she will be OK,” Street said. Street also likes what she sees in Julia Mancuso. “Miss Cool, Julia Mancuso, is just cool enough to come in and ride it,” she said. “She’sexperienced enough in Olympics and world championships to stay cool.” Kildow knows she owes a lot to Street. “She put me under her wing when I came onto the team,” Kildow said. “I met her when I was 9 years old, and she gave me the motivation and kind of the goal to be in the Olympics and win an Olympic gold medal.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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