Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street charged with assault

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1998, file photo, Picabo Street celebrates on the podium after winning the womens downhill at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Authorities say Olympic gold medalist skier Picabo Street has been charged with assault and domestic violence stemming from a December altercation with a relative in Utah. Summit County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Bridge said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, that Street is accused of assaulting a family member but didn't give further details.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Olympic gold medalist skier Picabo Street has been charged with assault and domestic violence after authorities say she pushed her father down the stairs in a Utah home in December.

Charging documents show Street told police she locked her 76-year-old father in the basement of a Park City house after pushing him and then called authorities. She says her father pulled her hair in the Dec. 23 fight that police say Street’s three children witnessed.

Street is charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in the presence of a child and misdemeanor assault.

Street’s attorney, Jason Richards, says she denies any wrongdoing in what she considers a private family matter. He says Street is hopeful a plea deal can be reached.

Street won a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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