Johnson Podiums Again in Crans-Montana
Another day, another podium for Breezy Johnson. The speed skier took third place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland—her fourth downhill podium in a row on the FIS World Cup this season. Bella Wright finished in a career-best 20th place.
In a race that was plagued by heavy overnight snow and wind holds throughout the day, Sofia Goggia won her third consecutive downhill race—a feat that has not been achieved since Lindsey Vonn was on the circuit—over the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka.
Johnson's third-place finish makes it four-for-four third places in downhill races so far this season and made her the fourth American woman to nail four World Cup downhill podiums, joining an elite crew of Vonn, Julia Mancuso, and Picabo Street. But Johnson is continuing to keep an eye on the higher podium spots and knows she’s not done yet.
“It’s definitely getting funny—funny is the proper adjective for it,” said Johnson. “I’m still really excited about the results and the third places, but I’m definitely eyeing the other positions!”
While she's hungry for better results, Johnson is also thrilled to finally be scoring the results she knew she had within her, especially after battling back from multiple injuries. “It’ll come,” she said. “I just need to be patient. I’ve been patient about not having a podium for four years on the World Cup, so now I just need to be patient about second place and first place.”
In just her second season—and first full season—on the World Cup, 23-year-old speed skier Bella Wright finished 20th, her best World Cup result so far. In St. Anton, Austria in early January, Wright scored her first World Cup points (downhill) and backed it up the following day with a personal best and her first World Cup points in super-G. To be a successful downhill skier, miles on the track, feel for the mountain, and a healthy balance of risk and reward are important. Wright is finding that flow, and feeling comfortable in the points, grabbing career-bests with each weekend, despite her lack of miles on these tracks—in fact, this is Wright's first year in Crans Montana.
Rounding out the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Laurenne Ross—in just her third race back from injury—was 39th. Jackie Wiles was 44th.
The women race downhill again on Saturday before wrapping up the weekend with a super-G Sunday.
HOW TO WATCH
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Saturday, Jan. 23
4 a.m. – Women's Downhill – LIVE – Streaming Peacock + Broadcast Olympic Channel
5:30 a.m. – Men's Downhill – LIVE – Streaming Peacock
4:30 p.m. – Women's Downhill – Same Day Delayed Broadcast NBCSN
6 p.m. – Men's Downhill – Same Day Delayed Broadcast NBCSN
Sunday, Jan. 24
4:30 a.m. – Men's Super-G – LIVE – Streaming Peacock
6:00 a.m. – Women's Super-G – LIVE – Streaming Peacock
6:30 p.m. – Women's Super-G – Same Day Delayed Broadcast NBCSN