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She had a career-best finish in her Olympic debut, now things are headed downhill

United States’ Breezy Johnson competes in women’s Downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics Monday in Jeongseon, South Korea.
United States’ Breezy Johnson competes in women’s Downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics Monday in Jeongseon, South Korea. Associated Press

Western Washington University sophomore Breezy Johnson, who is a member of the United States alpine ski team, made her Winter Olympic debut Saturday in PeyongChang, South Korea, in the women’s Super-G.

On Tuesday, Johnson learned that she has qualified get to compete in her specialty – the Downhill, which will be held Wednesday in South Korea and, assuming the weather cooperates, will be shown live Tuesday night during NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage.

“Honored and humbled to announce that I will be kicking out the Olympic Downhill start on Wednesday (Tuesday in the U.S),” Breezy wrote in another Instagram post. “It’s 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.”

She’ll definitely be heading into the race full of confidence.

Johnson, a 22-year-old from Victor, Idaho, who grew up skiing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was the second-fastest American finisher in the Super-G behind standout Lindsey Vonn, as she placed 14th. She turned in a time of 1 minute, 22.14 seconds, 1.03 seconds behind the gold medal time of 1:21.11 by Czechoslovakia’s Ester Ledecka.

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United States’ Breezy Johnson competes in the women’s Super-G at the 2018 Winter Olympics Saturday in Jeongseon, South Korea. She placed 14th. Alessandro Trovati Associated Press

Johnson’s previous best Super-G finish on the World Cup level was a 24th-place showing Jan 29, 2017, at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

“Wow! It Has been a dream of mine since I was a child to go to the Olympics and compete,” Johnson wrote in an Instagram post after the race. “A career best result on the biggest stage in our sport brings me a pride I will never forget. The snow was amazing, and the course was (money). Now onto something I am really looking forward to, OLYMPIC DOWNHILL!”

Since the Super-G, Johnson has been looking good during training runs for the Downhill. On Sunday she did not complete the course, but had the 12th-fastest times during the next two training sessions Monday (1:41.28) and Tuesday (1:41.30).

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United States’ Breezy Johnson competes in women’s downhill training at the 2018 Winter Olympics Tuesday in Jeongseon, South Korea. Alessandro Trovati Associated Press

Johnson also had fourth- and eight-place finishes in the Downhill on the World Cup circuit in the final two races before the Olympics Feb. 3-4 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Judging by an Instagram post she made late Tuesday, she’s having fun with her teammates:

 

Downhill dream team! #likethewind #kicksomekimchi #noprisoners #missingstacey #andjackie

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WWU announced via Facebook that there will be a viewing party for the Downhill starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in College Hall:

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