Johnson Repeats Second Place Downhill Podium In Lake Louise
On Saturday, Breezy Johnson, once again, found herself second on the downhill podium behind Sofia Goggia in Lake Louise, 0.86 seconds off the Italian's pace and 0.14 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Corinne Suter.
Despite a familiar-looking podium, course conditions in Lake Louise made a drastic change from those on Friday. Heavy snow, flat light, and low visibility made confident skiing challenging to find. As Johnson exited the finish, she looked over at Goggia in the leader's seat and symbolically tipped her hat to the Italian, who laid down another immaculate run.
"I tried my best, and I was happy with my run," reported Johnson. "I wanted to ski well, and I feel like I did. Two years ago, I wasn't here because I was injured, which was really hard for me. So I'm just really happy to be back here racing."
Johnson earned a total of four podiums last year, a great show of grit and tenacity in an injury-comeback season. For Johnson to land, not one but two podiums back-to-back at the beginning of an Olympic season gives her confidence for races to come.
"Consistency is not something that every downhill skier is blessed with, but based on my four podiums last year and these two, I hope that maybe I have that," she added.
Jackie Wiles followed her performance on Friday with another top-30 finish Saturday, settling into 29th overall. The next best American finish came from Isabella Wright in 34th, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin in 38th, Keely Cashman in 42nd, and Lauren Macuga in 49th. Alix Wilkinson did not finish.
The American women have officially concluded the downhill series in Lake Louise but have another go at the track on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the weekend's final race – the super-G season opener.
"I think super-G is the hardest event, and I respect super-G skiers so much for that reason," noted Johnson. "I have been working hard on my super-G, and some of my training has been really good, so I'm hopeful I can put some good runs down tomorrow and take some confidence from today. I'm not looking for the win tomorrow; I'm just trying to ski my best which is what I'm looking for every day."
HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.
Saturday, Dec. 4
5:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC
Sunday, Dec. 5
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Super G - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast, NBCSN
4:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC
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