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Street undecided on retirement, coach says

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Picabo Street is flip-flopping each day on whether to retire from ski racing after the Salt Lake City Olympics.

"To be very honest, we are just going to wait until after the Olympics to decide," Jim Tracy, head coach of the U.S. women's downhill and Super-G team, said Thursday. "Picabo has not made a real concrete decision."

Tracy, who helped Street come back from a 1996 knee injury to win a Super-G gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, wants his 30-year-old star to focus on upcoming races.

"This all takes away from the work she has to do," Tracy said.

Street was quoted in USA Today on Thursday as saying that the Olympics would "definitely" be her last race. Street and several American teammates will skip next week's World Cup races at Are, Sweden, to prepare for the Salt Lake City Games, which start Feb. 8. If she does retire after the Olympics, this weekend's races at Cortina D'Ampezzo would be her World Cup finale.

Street has nine career World Cup downhill victories, including two at Cortina.

"One day, she is convinced that she wants to make (the Olympics) her last one. And then two days later, she changes her mind," Tracy said. "We're going to try to not make this a real big emotional thing."