Freeskier CR Johnson died today on the slopes of Squaw Valley.
The story of CR’s battle back from his 2005 brain injury is one that I found both moving and inspiring, and it helped motivate me to keep skiing when I thought my own knee injuries would force me off the slopes. It’s almost unbearably poignant watching this clip now that we know how his story ends, but there’s also comfort in his words. “The joy that I get from skiing…that’s worth dying for.” He knew the risks of going back to skiing at that level, of another head injury; but he chose to take those risks because he truly believed it was worth it.
The freeskiing tribe has lost one of its bravest and most courageous athletes. Our thoughts are with CR’s friends and family tonight.