Picabo Profiles Picabo Street Ski Icon

Lindsey Vonn makes her directorial debut profiling ski icon Picabo Street in the new documentary, picabo, streaming on Peacock.

Vonn joins veteran filmmaker and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Frank Marshall in the process of stepping behind the camera. That being said, we also see a fair amount of Vonn on camera. What makes Vonn a good filmmaker and interviewer in film is her relationship with Picabo Street. You don’t have to worry about building a relationship with the documentary subject because it’s already there. After all, Street was the ski icon in the 1990s when Vonn was growing up. In fact, Vonn mentions that he still has a signed poster hanging in his bedroom and shows it to Street before the film ends. It’s a fun time after watching all the ups and downs. While I don’t know how much is due to Frank Marshall or Lindsey Vonn, Vonn shows promise as a director if she continues to pursue such ventures.

Nothing is left to chance in this documentary. With excerpts from his appearances on sesame street and American Gladiators, we receive a host of archive images throughout the skier’s career. Marshall and Vonn cover Street’s entire career and take us behind the scenes. We get everything from Street’s childhood in Idaho to his ups and downs during and after his career. It would be hard to make this movie and not discuss the 2015 arrest due to false allegations. I will have more soon.

A silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer gave Street the motivation she needed to win gold at the 1998 Games in Nagano. Super G gold was not a sure thing as Street was hammered by injuries both before and after. She was out for the entire 1997 season and shortly after the 1998 games Street would miss the next two years. After a 16th place in Salt Lake City, the skier retired from international competition.

While it’s fun to watch the best bits of her skiing career, the film’s highlights come whenever Vonn and Street talk. Because they were both members of the 2002 US Ski Team, it’s like watching two friends talk. The interview gets poignant, especially when Street talks about the 2015 arrest. If you’re unfamiliar, Street was arrested after being accused of throwing her father down the stairs. In their end, the the charges against her were dropped. But again, this is one of those moments you have to include when telling his story. Otherwise it would be incomplete.

If you were familiar with Picabo Street in the 1990s, part of this film will not be new. However, picabo offers a great way to introduce a new generation to the 1990s ski icon.

DIRECTORS: Frank Marshall and Lindsey Vonn
STARRING: Picabo Street, Lindsey Vonn, Baba Street, Heidi Voelker, Herwig Demschar, Paul Major, Jake Shores

Peacock launches Picabo on January 21, 2022.

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