C.R Johnson, Freeskiing Prodigy Dead After Squaw Valley Accident
26 year-old Freeskiing prodigy dead after tragic accident in Squaw Valley
C.R. Johnson, a halfpipe skiing pioneer and Freeskiing prodigy is dead today after reportedly hitting rocks while skiing the Light Towers section in Squaw Valley California.
“I'm going to remember a lot of things about C.R.; we traveled all over the world together. But I think the thing most people are going to remember is his smiling face,” Gaffney said. “He was a pretty special person, especially after his (head) injury several years ago. He just had the greatest outlook on life and was happy to be doing what he was doing.”
C.R. Johnson was also involved in an accident in 2005 where he suffered severe brain injury after Kye Peterson landed on him accidentally, but according to ESPN he has since:
made slow and steady progress over the past few winters and was reportedly skiing strongly this year.
C.R. Johnson was the first skier to do a 1440, which is four complete 36- degree spins in the Squaw Valley terrain.