Johnson With a Podium Twofer in Val d'Isere Downhill
Breezy Johnson went two for two, pocketing her second downhill podium in two days in Val d’Isere, France, skiing into third place.
The podium looked eerily similar to Friday’s FIS World Cup downhill, with Sofia Goggia of Italy taking the win and Corinne Suter of Switzerland in second. Friday’s downhill saw Corinne win and Sofia in second. Breezy was third both days.
It was a bumpy ride for the women on the dark track, but Breezy was able to power through it, using all the strength she worked so hard for in the gym this summer. She flew into the finish .27 seconds off of Sofia and only .03 seconds behind Corinne, showing that she’s gunning for those higher spots on the podium.
“I just want to see what I can do,” said Breezy, whose two third place finishes in Val d'Isere are her first two World Cup podiums. “I want to go in and ski my best. After injury, I’m just trying to seize every moment and seize every day, so maybe I’ll put a threat in there with Goggia and Corinne!”
Breezy has been plagued by knee injuries throughout her career, causing her to miss the 2018-19 season and some of the 2019-20 season, but she hasn’t let those obstacles keep her from her ambitions.
“These podiums have been coming on for a while,” said Breezy. “I definitely have a goal to win a World Cup and go for a World Championship medal this year and I think this is just the beginning. We just keep working. My goal every day is to ski my best and if it’s the best it’s pretty freaking sweet. I want to see how far I can push myself.”
It was a solid day for the rest for the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team women, stacking three in the top 20. Attacking from bib 44 and in only her fourth downhill World Cup start, Keely Cashman was well on her way to a top-10 result, but skied up on to the net Bode Miller-style and lost time. However, even with that exciting recovery, she still finished 16th, a personal best for the 21-year-old. Just behind Keely was Jackie Wiles, who finished in 17th place. Isabella Wright did not finish, but is OK and skied down.
The women race super-G on Sunday to finish off the weekend in Val d’Isere.
HOW TO WATCH
All Times EST
Saturday, Dec. 19
5:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Downhill - Same Day Delayed Broadcast, Val d'Isere, FRA, Broadcast NBC
9:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Downhill - Same Day Delayed Broadcast, Val d'Isere, FRA, Broadcast NBCSN
Sunday, Dec. 20
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE, Val d'Isere, FRA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
5:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE, Val d'Isere, FRA, Streaming Peacock
9:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - Same Day Delayed Broadcast, Val d'Isere, FRA, Broadcast NBCSN