Rowmark Ski Academy alumna Breezy Johnson snagged a U.S. Ski Team nomination upon graduation in 2013, and has since been diligently working her way up the international ranks. But few people could have predicted her meteoric rise this winter.
- In December, Breezy won her first NorAm Downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. The NorAm circuit is the highest level of alpine competition in North America below the World Cup. The following week, one of Johnson’s goals became a reality on that same Lake Louise speed track: she placed 41st and 32nd in the downhill event, which qualified her for a World Cup start.
- In January, Breezy scored her first victory in the Women's Europa Cup downhill in Altenmarkt, Austria, an incredible accomplishment for Johnson and a career best. Only a handful of Americans have finished in the top three of any Europa Cup event.
- On February 6, she finished 28th in the World Cup in Garmisch, Germany, scoring the first World Cup points of her career.
- On February 27, representing the U.S. at the World Junior Championships in Sochi, Russia, Breezy raced to 4th place in the downhill, just one step off the podium.
- She topped off an incredible season in early March, when she took home the downhill title at the U.S. Alpine National Championship in Aspen, Colorado, winning by a large margin of 1.02 seconds.
- This win, also scored as a NorAm, locked up the 2015-2016 NorAm Downhill title for Breezy and secured a season-long World Cup spot for her next season.
The U.S. Ski Team member from Victor, Idaho, first strapped on her skis at the age of three. At age seven, she joined the Jackson Hole Ski Club and claimed podium spots time and time again. Her passion for ski racing continued, and at age thirteen she moved to Salt Lake City to join Rowmark. While skiing for the academy, she won multiple high-level races. Her feats included taking home a silver medal in giant slalom at the Whistler Cup International U16 Championships, and two podium appearances at the U.S. National U18 Championships.
“Breezy brings many attributes to the table that have helped her rise to the top, including incredible drive, work ethic, fearlessness, and unflappable demeanor that allows her to perform at her highest level, even in the most pressure-packed situations,” Rowmark Director Todd Brickson said. Breezy is also a great student, Mr. Brickson added. “Despite missing school for competitions and training, she was able to graduate from Rowland Hall with a 3.88 GPA. Breezy credits her academic success to strong teacher support.”
Breezy is joined on the World Cup circuit by Rowmark Alum Alice McKennis ‘07 and five other U.S. Ski Team women including all-time leading World Cup winner, Lindsey Vonn.
“These races are the stepping stones to World Cup success and the road to the Olympics,” Breezy explained. "I am super excited and so grateful for all of these opportunities." The young star’s sights are set on continuing in the World Cup circuit and reaching for the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.