PYEONGCHANG — The youngest member of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team will get one more chance to represent Team USA in PyeongChang.
Victor, Idaho-native Breezy Johnson is one of four Americans that will race in the women’s downhill event on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old shared the good news on Instagram on Monday night:
Honored and humbled to announce that I will be kicking out of the Olympic Downhill start on Wednesday (Tuesday in U.S.). It is an honor to represent my hometown, my country but perhaps most my team. Every one of these girls is an amazing skier and has an incredible story. We all deserve to race but only four of us can. Our team has built a Downhill dynasty and we are just getting started. Watch out 🌎! 🇺🇸 🦅 ⛷💨🦅💨💥👊🏼 #likethewind #kicksomekimchi
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Johnson shined during the last two downhill training runs on Sunday and Monday. Both days she finished in the top 12 overall, and recorded the third fastest time by an American.
Team USA can only have a maximum of four athletes compete in the women’s downhill. With two-time Olympic goal medalist Mikaekla Shiffrin pulling out of the event to focus on the super combined on Monday, that left Johnson and five other skiers competing for the right to race. While their is no official qualifier in the downhill, the training runs can act as a time trial.
Johnson will wear Bib No. 8 on Tuesday. She will follow fellow American and 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist Lindsey Vonn out of the start gate. The event starts at 7 p.m. MT and will air on KTVB. It will also stream live here.
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