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Skiing world mourns loss of CR Johnson

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Staff  February 25, 2010 09:52 AM

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The skiing community was hit hard yesterday when it discovered that free skiing legend CR Johnson died during an accident at Squaw Valley. He was 26.

Johnson was skiing at the Lake Tahoe area, when, according to reports, he caught an edge on exposed rocks while entering the Light Towers area. He hit his head and neck on more rocks upon landing.

Freeskiing Magazine has posted a wide-ranging retrospective on the man's life and skiing career at its website, including an eulogy by publisher Christopher Jerad. It's must-reading for Johnson fans.

Fellow Squaw skier, U.S. Olympian Julia Mancuso, tweeted this morning that her final Olympic race in today's slalom, would be dedicated to her late friend.

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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