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Johnson Top 15 in Crans Montana Downhill

By Sierra Ryder
February, 26 2023
Breezy Johnson skis through tough downhill conditions (Getty Images)

Breezy Johnson led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team in the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill in Crans Montana, Switzerland. The event was scheduled to go off the day before, but was canceled due to weather and pushed to Sunday.

“Conditions were tough running early,” said Johnson. “We kept having start stops, which is a lot of hurry up and wait.”

Johnson has been recovering this season, after injuring her knee prior to the 2022 Olympics, and was excited to have scored a solid result. 

“I'm happy that I kept the focus going. I feel like I didn't ski my best today but I'm really happy to still be in the top 15 and feel like I'm still pushing forward,” said Johnson.

Italian skier Sofia Goggia snagged her fifth downhill win for the season. Second place went to fellow Italian Federica Brignone, and third place went to first time podium finisher Laura Gauche of France, who started bib 26.

Tricia Mangan, Lauren Macuga and Keely Cashman raced, finishing in 30th, 36th and 40th place, respectively. Bella Wright did not finish.

The next series for women’s speed will be in Kvitfjell, Norway, March 1-5.

Women's downhill