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Bill Johnson Passes. RIP

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I didn't see this posted elsewhere. Tragic journey for an American skiing personality.

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/olympic-downhill-champion-bill-johnson-dies-aged-55-article-1.2505676

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Earlier thread here, but only two posts so far there..

 

Bill Johnson passes away.

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I thought about Bill Johnson when I was skiing the long traverse back to the base at Whitefish last week, trying to channel his ability to glide fast. He was one of the best at letting his ankles and feet mirror the slope in his day, and Whitefish was where he suffered the fall that would end his career and cause the troubles that ultimately ended his life. His motto, Ski to Die, was both prophetic and apt.

Here's a good tribute at Outside Online.
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We don't have that race anymore. Dane Spencer crashed in the same place two years later.
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After a pair of Super G races at Apex in British Columbia, he raced in two downhill events at The Big Mountain (now Whitefish Mountain Resort) near Whitefish, Montana. During the second race on February 14, 2006, Spencer crashed after the "Launch Pad" jump and incurred serious injuries.[1] He fractured his neck and pelvis, had massive internal bleeding, and spent nearly a week in an induced coma;[2][3] he recovered but spent most of 2006 recuperating.[4][5] The same Ursa Major race course had ended the comeback attempt of Bill Johnson five years earlier, after a violent crash at the "Corkscrew" section left the 1984 Olympic champion significantly impaired by a head injury in 2001.[1] Despite the severe injuries and near paralysis, Spencer progressed well during the summer of 2006 and was placed on the "A" team for the 2007 World Cup season, but did not race again until the following season.[6]

After racing
Following the injury, Spencer did not regain his previous form and struggled for results. He started only a handful of World Cup events and retired from racing following the 2010 season at age 32. Spencer became a coach with the U.S. Ski Team that summer and assisted with the Europa Cup and World Cup teams during the 2011 season.[7] He was named an assistant coach for the U.S. men's World Cup team for the 2012 season, under men's head coach Forest Carey

The speed race fencing has been all removed from the area, so it looks like there are no plans to resume those races.

The slope where the crashes occurred
is really not that intimidating until they basically turn the surface into ice and you're launched into the air right before you head down it. It's just a blue run.
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Your Whitefish Guide is simply phenomenal, Sibhusky. I am (remain) in awe.
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Thanks.
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

Your Whitefish Guide is simply phenomenal, Sibhusky. I am (remain) in awe.

 

 

Ditto on guide.

 

Rest in Peace Bill it was always a great vicarious experience watching Bill race.

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ESPN was airing a rerun of E:60 Downhill The Bill Johnson Story today, but cut it short for NBA breaking news coverage, not sure if it's being rescheduled or available online, but it is good. RIP Bill Johnson. Ned

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Bill Johnson RIP, let those red sleds run in the after life

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For anyone interested, ESPN News is running the E:60 documentary on Bill Johnson right now, PST. Ned

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Originally Posted by NED79 View Post
 

For anyone interested, ESPN News is running the E:60 documentary on Bill Johnson right now, PST. Ned

Its available on VIMEO to play...

 

https://vimeo.com/116886512

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