ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Picabo Street remembers the surprising weight, how heavy it felt to have the super-G gold medal slipped around her neck by French ski great Jean-Claude Killy at the Nagano Olympics almost eight years ago. The medal – black onyx etched with inlaid gold and hanging from a bulky blue and gold ribbon – is usually out of sight now, juggled from safe to safety deposit box between the occasional public appearance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The team was shut out at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The American women had no medals at all, and Bode Miller won the men’s only medals with silvers in the giant slalom and combined. The last U.S. man to win Olympic gold in Alpine skiing was Tommy Moe in the 1994 downhill at Lillehammer, Norway. Street retired after the 2002 Olympics, where she finished 16th in the downhill. She’d like to see this American drought end at next month’s Turin Games. “I think definitely this is one of the strongest teams I’ve ever seen,” she said. “There are medal opportunities in every discipline, for sure. The women’s giant slalom is probably the weakest, but other than that it’s looking good. In some we’re looking at two-three opportunities per discipline. It’s pretty impressive.” One of Street’s favorites is Daron Rahlves, the winner of three World Cup downhill races this season. He matched her U.S. record of nine career victories in the discipline with his triumph last weekend on the classic Lauberhorn course in Wengen. “I have such high hopes for him. I want him to win an Olympic medal so badly,” Street said. “I love him. He’s such a good dude. He’s an all-around good athlete, nice guy, respectful and loyal yet real and cool. “I have my gold forever, and no one can ever take it away from me,” Street said. These days, the American ski team feels a different sort of weight: None of its Alpine skiers has won a gold medal since Street in 1998. “Bode is hard to predict. I’m looking forward to the Bode Show like everyone else.” Among the women, Street looks to friend and protege Lindsey Kildow, the winner of two downhills this season. Kildow placed fourth three times at the worlds last winter in Bormio, Italy, sobbing when she was beaten out for a podium spot in the downhill. “Lindsey has a good in opportunity to medal, and with her world championship experience, she will be OK,” Street said. Street also likes what she sees in Julia Mancuso. “Miss Cool, Julia Mancuso, is just cool enough to come in and ride it,” she said. “She’s good over the flats, she’s got a great touch for snow, she’s experienced enough Olympics and world championships to stay cool.” Street will be working in Turin for NBC’s “Today,” leaving 16-month old son Treyjan at home during the games. She also will be videotaping and blogging. “I only hope I get to watch the women’s downhill,” Street said. “I think I’ll still be able to grasp the sensation even if I’m only living it vicariously.” Street is now 34 and would love another crack at gold, but a few things would have to be worked out. “If I were young and had a young body and had healthy knees and my back didn’t hurt,” she said. “Heartwise, I could be right in there.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!