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Olympics:  Street May Not Defend Title

Veteran U.S. skier Picabo Street will probably not have the chance to defend her Olympic Super-G title at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

U.S. ski coaches say they have decided to enter four women in the Super-G event who have had better World Cup results than Street this season. The 30-year-old Street is the oldest of the 22-member U.S. women's ski team.

But Street can not be ruled out of the super-G because official entries are not submitted until the night before the race. Street will attempt to win a medal in the downhill event on February 11, the second alpine event of the Olympics. She will retire from competition this year.

Street was the only American alpine skier to medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, but U.S. coaches expect a much better showing in Utah. Bode Miller, who ended an 18-year American drought with victories in World Cup slalom and giant slalom races this winter, heads the men's team and will compete in three events in Salt Lake City.