Picabo Street sheds “tears of pride” for Lindsey Vonn

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 22, 2010 8:25 am

Just as Lindsey Vonn is now a great role model for many young American female athletes, Picabo Street was once a great role model for Lindsey. Street won a gold medal in the super-G at the Nagano Games in 1998 and silver in the downhill at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. In both 1995 and 1996 she won the World Cup downhill season titles.

As a child, Lindsey Vonn loved and idolized Picabo Street. Heck, she still may. As Picabo watched Lindsey win her first medal at these Games, she shed “tears of pride for the 9-year-old that I watched blossom into a beautiful flower. She pulled it off. It was such a relief”.

As Lindsey got older, Picabo became more of a mentor. At the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City (Picabo’s last and Lindsey’s first), Lindsey and Picabo were like mother and daughter. Picabo said at these Vancouver Games, Lindsey has “come in here with so much pressure on herself, and everybody kind of let her carry that. She’s handled herself spectacularly. She has maintained her emotions. The beautiful thing about her is she’s been graceful. Through all of it.”

Picabo revealed her pride for both Lindsey and for Julia Mancuso, a two-time silver medalist in these Vancouver Games. “”I’m just so happy for what they’ve done and the examples they’ve set – two really contrasting examples. The kids who are like Lindsey have her example and the kids who are like Julia have her example. It will translate. You are going to see a generation – this generation, watching these Olympics – you’re going to see this translate into medals for the United States”.