MeetX-Games Skier C.R Johnson, he was the extreme and very talented freerider/freestyler who recently passed away after a tragic accident in California. Would you like to know more about him? His Life? Career? Sudden death? Keep reading to know all about him, plus check out some of C.R Johnson’s photos and video below.
X-Games Skier C. R. Johnson was born on October 8, 1983 and raised in Truckee, Lake Tahoe, CA with his parents Russ and Loraine and his sister Kahill where he still lived. CR started skiing when he was 15 years old, he did the first 1440 on skis (4 360’s spins. He was a well known and recognizable skier, famous for his incredible skills, free spirit, life loving, an extremely positive guy and an incredible skier who once defeated death, and for that he felt truly blessed.
"LIVE YOUR LIFE, LOVE YOUR LIFE. DON’T REGRET… LIVE, LEARN, AND MOVE FORWARD POSITIVELY.”
He loved to spend his time doing what he loves, one of those things was skiing, he would travel everyday if he could in order to ski, but C.R. also loved the ocean, enjoyed surfing and fly fishing. That’s why he explained that he liked living in Truckee, he could have the best of both worlds at a time. Among other sports he liked to do was snowmobiling, exploring mountains, golf and certainly skiing.
Among some of his greatest achievements are:
- In 2000 he won 2nd place at the Spring Jam Big at the Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.
- In 2001 he won 1st place at the Core Games quarterpipe in Japan and the bronze (big air) at the X-Games in Mount Snow, Vermont.
- In 2002 he was nominated for Male Skier of the Year at the ESPN Action Sports and Music Awards.
- In 2002 he won the gold (big air), silver (slopestyle) and bronze (slopestyle) at the US OPEN.
- In 2003 he won the Bronze (superpipe) at the XGames, in Aspen, Colorado.
- In 2004 he won 2nd place (big air) at the Ultimate Bumps & Jumps and ranked 4th; he also won fifth (slopestyle) place at the XGames in Aspen, Colorado.
- In 2007 he created his own model ski from 4FRONT the CRJ, the alliance with Matchstick Productions, Poor Boyz to created a film about his journey.
- His most recent achievement was his 3rd place at the Red Bull Line Catcher, he also did amazing things at the Red Bull Cold Rush.
In 2005 at the Brighton Ski Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah during a rapid-fire jump session, Kye Peterson landed on him, causing a severe brain trauma, for the next ten days after the accident CR was put in an induced coma at the University of Utah Hospital, but the damage in his brain was far more serious; when he got home he had to learn all the basics from swallowing to walking. Many thought this was the end of his newschooler career, but his struggle to survive and recover proved everyone was wrong. Just two seasons after the accident he was skiing again.
Sadly on February 24, 2010 at Squaw Valley, when he was skiing off a cliff at Light Towers (area that he was familiar with) when CR approached a rocky side of the cliff he lost his balance and hit his face down first, then his body flew in the air where he landed on a sharp rocky area that hit the back of his head. Although he was wearing a helmet the impact was so hard that it took his life. Emergency was called to the Ski Patrol around 2:00 p.m, when they arrived they tried to resuscitate him but it was too late. C.R Johnson was dead.
He left us too early, his life was surrounded by love, his career full of upcoming achievements. He managed to spend as much time as he could with his family and friends, Today he is gone, but his legacy will live forever in the minds of all who once heard of that famous X-Games skier C.R. Johnson.
“I feel it’s most important to keep it real and enjoy each moment, you know, take advantage of every opportunity life provides, because who knows what tomorrow may bring. Only the things that you truly love will you pursue with that energy, and for me my family, my friends, and skiing, that’s it for me, that’s my life. The joy I get from skiing…that’s worth dying for."
We will miss you C.R., our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Take a look at some of C.R Johnson’s videos below.
C.R Johnson Video
C.R Johnson’s Death News Video
Photos: Wikipedia.org/ Nordelch.