Park City, UT, Dec. 27--Legendary US downhiller Picabo Street will hit the slopes today for the first time in almost two years.
In March 1998, two-time Olympic medalist and World Cupchampion, Picabo Street, suffered an injury that not only threatened her skiing career, but her life as well.
"I really don't remember much of the accident, but I do remember the pain," says Street.
In spite of the broken femur and torn ligaments she suffered in thathistoric crash, Street has beaten the odds once again, and will make herreturn to the slopes - one year and nine months from the last time shewas on snow.
"I've felt like a caged tiger ever since my crash, just waiting forsomeone or something to let me out. I've gotten the green light from mydoctors and physical therapists and can hardly wait to get back outthere," Street said.
Street will make her "first run" on today on Park City MountainResort's PayDay Run at approximately 8:30 a.m. Park City's president and general manager, Vern Greco, will accompany Street in her return to the slopes.
As director of skiing at PCMR, Street will spend her time this winterserving as the resort's ambassador - skiing with guests, posing forphotos and signing autographs. A banner in the resort base area willalert guests when she is on the mountain.
Park City Mountain Resort is the official venue of themen's and women's alpine giant slalom and all snowboarding events of the2002 Olympic Winter Games.