CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy — The United States team for next month’s Olympics lost one of its top medal prospects Tuesday when downhill racer Breezy Johnson said injury will force her to miss the Beijing Games.
The 26-year-old racer crashed in training in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, last week, one week after skipping a downhill in Austria to let a cut and bruised knee heal.
“I was given the option to try to compete on it. But I don’t think that that is realistic or smart,” she said.
Johnson placed seventh in downhill at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
“It was the pleasure of my life to represent @teamusa at the Games in 2018,” Johnson said. “And all I have wanted ever since was to come back, stronger, faster, to win a gold medal.”
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