Team USA for next month’s Olympics lost one of its top medal prospects on Tuesday when downhill rider Breezy Johnson said the injury would force her to miss the competition.
Johnson finished second behind Olympic champion Sofia Goggia in each of the three World Cups she started this season, then crashed in pre-race training sessions in January.
“I have to announce that I unfortunately injured my knee and had to withdraw from the Olympics,” Johnson said on her Instagram account.
The 26-year-old racer crashed while training in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy last week, a week after going downhill in Austria to injuries and bruised knees.
Johnson wrote that in Cortina, she “immediately felt my knee crack open” and her cartilage slough off.
“I was given the option to try to compete on it. But I don’t think that’s practical or smart,” she said.
Johnson placed seventh in downhill at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Johnson said: “It has been the joy of my life to represent @teamusa at the 2018 Olympics. “And all I’ve wanted since then is come back, stronger, faster, to win. gold medal.”
The women’s downhill is scheduled for February 15. Goggia, who has won four of five World Cup races, is also an uncertain starter after two defeats in January. .
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