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Picabo's Sun Valley Suit Near Settlement

posted: 01/01/2000

Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 24 (AP)--Olympic gold-medal skier Picabo Street's lawsuit against Sun Valley Co. for using her name in promotions has been settled in principle, her attorney said.

The settlement ``has not been inked as of yet, so I'm not at liberty to discuss any terms. But in the next week or 10 days, it should be resolved,'' Denver attorney Kevin Evans said.

He said that as compensation, Sun Valley would provide charitable contributions to a couple of Idaho community groups unrelated to the ski resort or its parent company, Sinclair Oil. ``I can't get any more specific,'' he said.

Sun Valley's attorney, Carl Burke of Boise, said, ``I can't disagree with him, but I can't add a lot to it. We've discussed the issues the way lawyers should discuss things.

``Those kind of cases are better resolved than not. She is a very fine person and our state is proud of her,'' Burke said,

Street, who won the women's Super G at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, was born in Idaho's Wood River Valley and learned to ski at Sun Valley. She spent many years at the resort owned by Earl Holding, whose properties also include Snowbasin Ski Area near Ogden, the site of alpine-ski races at the 2002 Winter Games, and Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Street is director of skiing at Park City Mountain Resort and a Salt Lake Organizing Committee trustee.

Street authorized Sun Valley to use her picture in the resort's 1995-96 brochure, but did not approve its use in advertisements or promotional materials, her federal court lawsuit said.

She filed suit upon discovering her name was being cited on the Internet and in magazines without permission, contending the unauthorized use violated one of her sponsorship agreements.

The lawsuit said her name appeared in advertisements for the resort in Travel Weekly (August 1999), Skiing Magazine (September 1999), Ski Magazine (September and October 1999) and Elevations (no date listed).

Copyright (c) 2000 The Associated Press

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