C. R. Johnson – Charles Russell Johnson was an American freestyle skier and freeride pro. Today he lost his life in a accident fall while skiing a steep chute at Squaw Valley, California, his home mountain.
Johnson, 26, who has competed in the Winter X Games, was skiing with a group of friends Wednesday afternoon when he fell while trying to negotiate a “very, very tight, rocky area,” said Jim Rogers, a member of the Lake Tahoe-area resort’s ski patrol.
He fell face-first, then spun around and struck the back of his head on rocks in the Light Towers area of the resort. Johnson was wearing a helmet, but Rogers said the helmet took a serious blow.
He already had one horrific accident in 2005, at Brighton, Utah. C.R. had a serious brain injury when Kye Peterson accidentally landed on him. After that, he was put into a medically-induced coma for 10 days. It was a long way back for him. He had to relearn even the most basic motor skills and even talking.
Ridelike.pro team mourns this really unique rider a lot. And now let’s remember who was Charles Russel for the world of extreme sports. He was the first skier to do a 1440, four complete 360 degree spins. He won the US Open against Tanner Hall in 2002. He had a lot of gold, silver and bronze in Winter X Games. (Superpipe, Big Air, Slopestyle)
Rest In Peace C.R.
And here some tight freeride moves by Charles in this video: