Victor native and 2018 U.S. Olympic Breezy Johnson concluded her first season on the U.S. Ski ‘A’ team by finishing ranked in the top 15 of the final FIS women’s downhill standings. At the World Cup finals in Sweden over the weekend, she was eighth in women’s downhill to give Team USA three top 10 finishes in the race that ultimately decided who would get the women’s downhill crystal globe.
On the topic of 2018 Olympians, Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole will getting a visit from a gold medal winning member of Team USA this weekend.
The Medal Stand: Johnson 11th in final DH standings
The 2017-18 alpine ski season concluded Wednesday with the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden, and it was a good day for Victor’s Breezy Johnson and her U.S. teammates.
The women’s downhill race – and the crystal globe for the FIS title in the discipline – came down to the wire. Lindsey Vonn won the race by .06 seconds over Italy’s Sofia Goggia to bring her total career World Cup wins to 82 and U.S. teammate Alice McKennis took third for her first World Cup podium since 2013. The podium finish for Goggia gave her this season’s women’s downhill crystal globe 509-506 over Vonn. Johnson finished eighth to give the U.S. three top-10 finishes in the race.
Johnson ends her first season on the U.S. Ski ‘A’ team with a seventh place in downhill and 14th in super G at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 38th in the FIS overall women’s alpine standings with 191 points and 11th in the FIS women’s downhill standings with 178 points. Mikaela Shiffrin won the final World Cup slalom on the season on Saturday in Ofterschwang, Germany, to secure the FIS women’s slalom crystal globe and bring her to 42 World Cup career wins – the most by an alpine skier before their 23rd birthday (Shiffrin turned 23 on Wednesday). Shiffrin had already locked up the FIS women’s overall crystal globe for the second consecutive season upon placing third in Friday’s giant slalom in Ofterschwang.
Coming up locally
Red Gerard, the 17 year-old snowboarder who won the Olympic gold medal in men’s slopestyle last month, will be in the area this weekend. He is coming to Grand Targhee Resort on Friday and will be at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on Saturday. On Friday, Gerard will ride Grand Targhee with members of the public from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and then session the resort’s Sweetwater Terrain Park from 11:15 to noon. He will do a meet and greet and autograph session from 1 to 2 p.m. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Gerard will be doing a big air demo on a jump at the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Bridger Gondola. He will conduct a meet and greet and autograph session from 1 to 2 p.m. at the base of the mountain and will attend the Apres as part of the fifth annual Rendezvous Festival from 4 to 5 p.m.
The Shamrock Shuffle 5k takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ross Park in Pocatello. Also on Saturday, Bill’s Bike & Run is having a group run at 8:30 a.m. beginning at the Idaho Falls location. The run will feature ‘plogging,’ i.e. picking up trash while jogging. Bags will be provided by Bill’s Bike & Run and the clean up will take place in vicinity of the greenbelt.