Olympic Skier’s Life Story After TBI
There’s a new book out about the Olympic gold-medalist Bill Johnson, who survived a traumatic brain injury in 2001. Here’s a brief description about his story:
“Bill Johnson was known for his aggressive skiing style and bravado, a man who taunted his competitors and predicted his own victories. At the 1984 Winter Olympics, he caught the media’s attention when he declared, “Everyone else is here to fight for second place.” True to his word, Johnson set the world on fire when he achieved what no other American skier had ever done and won the gold medal in the men’s downhill… In 2001, trying to mount the comeback that kept eluding him, Johnson skied face first into a mountain at 70 mph, leaving him broken and comatose.
Johnson lives every day with the effects of the brain damage he suffered—his speech is slurred and he has forgotten sizable portions of his former life. He has made tremendous progress physically and was actually back on skis eight months after the accident that almost killed him. In 2002, Johnson jogged in to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, one of the final torch bearers. SKI TO DIE is his amazing, compelling story of triumph and tragedy.”