PARK CITY, Utah Aug. 11, 2004 (USSA) - Olympic champions Picabo Street (Park City, UT) and Donna Weinbrecht (West Milford, NJ) - who collected titles at the Olympic, World Championships and World Cup levels - have been elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame with the Class of 2004, the U.S. Ski Team announced.
Street became the only U.S. skier to win the World Cup downhill title when she won six races during the 1995 season and added three victories en route to the '96 title. In that 1996 season, she also won the World Championships downhill gold medal in Sierra Nevada, Spain, and was bronze medalist in super G. In addition to her nine World Cup victories, Street was a four-time U.S. champion.
"I can't believe it. I can but I can't. Wow! Now I'll have my name up there with my idol, Tamara McKinney," Street said. "This is such a great honor - and to go in with Donna, who was such a great champion, makes it an even bigger honor," Street said. Both Street and Weinbrecht were three-time Olympians.
In her glittering 14-year career with the U.S. Ski Team, Street - now a skiing ambassador for Park City Mountain Resort - became the first American to win five medals at the Olympic or Worlds level. A recap: 1993 - silver medal in combined at World Championships in Japan; 1994 - silver medal in downhill at Olympics in Norway; 1996 - gold in downhill, bronze in super G at Worlds in Spain; 1998 - gold in super G at Olympics in Japan. Coincidentally, she won the 1998 super G title on the same skis she rode to a silver medal at the '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer.
Weinbrecht originally hoped to be in the Olympics as a figure skater, but when that became too expensive, she switched to skiing, including forming her the school's ski team while in high school. She was largely self-taught when she made the U.S. Ski Team with the 1988 season. She went on to become the first Olympic moguls gold medalist when freestyle became an Olympic sport in 1992, win five World Cup titles and 46 World Cup victories. In addition, she earned the 1991 World Championships gold medal in moguls, silver medals in 1989 and 1997, and seven U.S. championships.
"I'm so honored...and I'm psyched about being the first moguls skier, only the third freestyle skier. Yeah for moguls," Weinbrecht said. Former ballet World and World Cup champion Jan Bucher Carmichael was inducted in 1993 and former Olympic, World Cup and World champion aerialist Nikki Stone has inducted in 2002.
"Being with Picabo is pretty cool, too. It's just awesome. I'm a Hall of Famer...it's certainly not something I ever thought about but it's certainly a great honor," said Weinbrecht.
Also elected in the Class of 2004 to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich., are Thor B. Groswold, former ski jumping official and director for 16 years of the Winter Park nordic program, which sent several athletes to the U.S. Ski Team, who also was a longtime executive with Colorado's Winter Park Resort, and ski historian Alan Engen.