Thursday, February 25, 2010

Passing of C. R. Johnson Squaw Valley

Julia Mancuso says she is dedicating her run in today's women's giant slalom to her fallen friend C. R. Johnson.

Julia Mancuso's post on her facebook page and later twitter:

"Run #2 at 930. These 2010 Olympics are almost done for me. This last run is for CR Johnson. Gonna rip it for you!!! CR was in Salt Lake City at my first Olympics, cheering for me. I know your here now and with everyone when they ski and push their limits. RIP"

According to the Associated Press, the 26-year-old Johnson was skiing a steep chute when he fell on to some rocks, hitting the back of his head. Though he was wearing a helmet, the blow was fatal.

ESPN Action Sports' Micah Abrams writes that:

"Johnson was known in recent years for his inspiring return to skiing after a traumatic brain injury that he suffered in December of 2005. The injury, sustained when another skier accidentally landed on him during a run, left him in a coma for 10 days. He spent 34 days in the hospital and several months in rehab, but was back on snow by the end of that winter. He made steady progress in recent seasons and this winter finished third in the prestigious Red Bull Linecatcher event in the French Alps."

It's all just a sobering reminder that when CP hits the trails in the Back Bowls of Vail and corduroy groomed slopes of Beaver Creek he ain't SHIT.

More about the Mountain and skiing here.

Cathy Bussewitz and Judy Lin put together a good amount of detail on CR's life here.

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