Twenty-six-year-old legendary freestyle & freeride skier C.R. Johnson was killed yesterday February 24 while skiing at Squaw Valley, California. According to a statement issued by the resort, the Lake Tahoe native caught an edge on exposed rocks while entering the Light Towers area above the Cornice II lift. He fell through rocks before coming to a rest several hundred yards below the entry.
"Witnesses immediately notified ski patrol and medical personnel arrived on the scene within minutes. Despite efforts to revive Johnson, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, he succumbed to his injuries", said Amelia Richmond Squaw Valley spokeswoman.
"Johnson was known in recent years for his inspiring return to skiing after a traumatic brain injury that he suffered in December of 2005. The injury, sustained when another skier accidentally landed on him during a run, left him in a coma for 10days. He spent 34 days in the hospital and several months in rehab, but was back on snow by the end of that winter. He made steady progress in recent seasons and this winter finished third in the prestigious Red Bull Linecatcher event in the French Alps", Micah Abrams posted at ESPN Action Sports (2006 Interview with CR Johnson in Backcountry.com).
C.R. Johnson won the US Open in 2002. He was a two-time Winter X Games medalist, earning bronze in the 2001 Big Air and silver in the 2002 slopestyle.
He appeared in numerous ski films, including Seven Sunny Days, Ski Movie III, 2007's Believe and last year Poor Boyz Productions Every Day Is A Saturday movie.
Rest in Peace