Picabo Street 911 call released in assault case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olympic gold-medalist skier Picabo Street told police her father attacked her during a fight that led Utah authorities to charge her with domestic violence and assault, according to a 911 call recording released Thursday.

Picabo Street can be heard on the recording saying the fight started after her dad, Roland Street, bumped his car into her house in snowy weather.

“He got his hands on me and I put him down the stairs,” she tells the dispatcher on Dec. 23.

A woman who she refers to as mom is audible in the background disputing that version of what happened.

“I saw what you did to him,” the woman says.

“Oh my God, are you kidding me? He scratched me on my face,” Picabo Street replies.

Prosecutors say an investigation found Picabo Street was the primary aggressor. She’s accused of throwing her 76-year-old father down the stairs and locking him in the basement.

Picabo Street says on the recording that she tried to help dig out her parents’ car so they could use hers, but he “freaks out on me, he always calls me all kinds of names, whatever, tells me I’m a freak.”

Roland Street has not been charged in the fight near Park City, Utah. Summit County prosecutor Ivy Telles says he’s not under investigation.

“That’s not to say that Mr. Street was not involved in the altercation at all, it’s just to say that she basically started it,” Telles said.

Roland Street told police his daughter got angry and started yelling after he hit the house while trying to leave, documents show. He said the physical altercation broke out after they re-entered the house and she pushed him down two flights of stairs. Police saw cuts on Roland Street’s elbow and neck.

Picabo Street, 44, was arrested and bailed out. She was later charged with three counts of misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child and one count of misdemeanor assault.

Picabo Street’s lawyer says she denies wrongdoing in what she considers a private family matter. She’s hoping to find an “amicable resolution” in the case, attorney Jason Richards said.

Telles said she’s prepared to discuss a possible plea deal, but negotiations haven’t begun. A hearing is set for Feb. 16 in Park City.

Picabo Street had an illustrious skiing career highlighted by a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in the women’s super-G event. She also won silver in the downhill at the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and competed in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

She was the first American woman to win the World Cup downhill season title in 1995, and she repeated as champion the next season. She totaled nine downhill victories in World Cup races during her career.

More recently, she worked as an analyst for Fox Sports during the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi, Russia.

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South Korea’s first gold medalist of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics to compete for China

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Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.

Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.

Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.

Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.

China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.

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Brigid Kosgei, world record holder, to miss London Marathon

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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.

“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”

Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.

Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).

Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.

The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.

The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.

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