Forty-year-old Olympic gold medalist, Picabo Street, who was once known as an adorable little snow bunny, has now marred her reputation with one aggressive fight with her elderly father.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 14, 2016
In the Chapstick commercial below, Picabo Street was seen as the fresh-faced Olympic ski champion from the 1990s. According to Wikipedia, Picabo was a World Cup winner several times over from 1995-1998, and was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004.
Up until now, Picabo Street has enjoyed an unblemished image, but the violent altercation with her 67-year-old father has left a black spot on her gleaming reputation. According to People, the incident occurred in Park City, Utah, where Picabo resides. It seems that Picabo became enraged when her father, Roland Street, bumped his car into her house.
An argument ensued, and Picabo claims that Mr. Street pulled her hair. She apparently retaliated by pushing him down the stairs and locking him in the basement. A partial transcript from the 911 call placed by Picabo Street confirms these claims.
“My father just tried to attack me in my own house in front of my children because he’s trying to get the car out of my driveway and ran into my house.
“I put him down the stairs.”
The New York Post reports that in the 911 call, which occurred on December 23, Picabo was clearly heard arguing with her mother. The Olympic skier told the 911 dispatcher that “he got his hands on me and I put him down the stairs.”
However, Street is heard arguing with her mother in the background. “I saw what you did to him,” her mother states.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 14, 2016
After an investigation was conducted, it was found that Picabo Street did start the fight. She has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault, as well as three counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child, since the argument and subsequent physical contact occurred in front of her children.
According to Roland Street, he was shoved down two flights of stairs, and may have sustained a head injury on the way. Mr. Street is not facing any charges due to the altercation. Picabo has entered a plea of not guilty, and her next hearing is set for February 16.
Hopefully, Picabo Street and her father can make amends and she can return her reputation, and her relationship with Roland Street, to rights.
In happier Picabo Street news, she is scheduled to visit the Whitefish Mountain Resort on January 22 to take part in a fundraiser for the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation, reports the Flathead Beacon. Picabo and the 10 highest bidders will join Great Northern Powder Guides for an entire day of cat skiing.
She is also appearing as the guest of honor on January 23 at the Northern Division USSA Races at Whitefish for junior ski racers.
Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation was thrilled to have Picabo Street among their auction fundraiser, which took place in November. Executive director Tim Hinderman shares his gratitude with Picabo, as well as local ski legend, Maggie Voisin.
“Thanks to Picabo and Maggie Voisin, our auction this year will be bigger and better than ever! We’re focusing on some one-of-a-kind experience-type items in addition to all the great donated items that we receive from merchants from all over the valley.”