Friday, March 30, 2012

Gold for another skier named Street

Young Lola Street at NASTAR nationals

Triumph's Picabo Street was one of America's greatest alpine ski racers during a 10-year international racing career that began in 1992. She grew up skiing at Sun Valley and will forever be associated with the Idaho resort.

Street was the first American woman to win World Cup downhill titles, in 1995 and 1996. Picabo won gold medals in downhill at the 1996 World Championships and in super giant slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics. In 2004, she made the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.

Park City (Utah) mountain ambassador Street is now the mother of three sons, married since 2008 to John Reeser of Alabama and about to celebrate her 41st birthday April 3.

Yet she was simply "Auntie Peek" to another ski racing gold medalist last weekend at Winter Park, Colo.

There, Auntie Peek looked on with pride as her niece Lola Street, 8, of Ketchum won the gold medal out of 12 contestants in her Female 7-8 class. It took place during the 2012 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships that were part of the "The Championships" Family Challenge and U.S. Ski Team reunion at Winter Park.

"Needless to say, the news made the entire family ecstatic," said Dee Street, grandmother of Lola and mother of Picabo and Baba Street. Lola is the daughter of Wood River High School assistant football coach Baba Street and wife Lauren, who live in Ketchum.

A member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Development Team, Lola Street clocked the fastest times in a group that included girls from New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and Minnesota. She had qualified for nationals as the fastest girl from Sun Valley.

Lola earned the only first-place finish of other Sun Valley skiers at NASTAR nationals, an event that featured 1,200 U.S. racers ages 3-94 for three days of giant slalom racing.

They were Bryce Foster (4th Boys' ages 7-8), Jesse Foster (4th Men 40-44), Emma Kate Madsen of Twin Falls (4th Girls' 9-10), Conrad Foster (5th Boys' 5-6), Paige Madsen of Twin Falls (5th Girls' 7-8), Tor Johnston (6th Boys' 5-6) and Eli Fuller (Boys' 7-8).

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