On Wednesday, the women of the World Cup wrapped up the downhill season. Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec earned the discipline globe and the U.S. Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn landed on the podium. Young gun Breezy Johnson fell victim to the challenging slope in Aspen, Colo., taking a gnarly crash that sent her into the fence. She was able to ski down to the finish on her own, but knew something was wrong.
The American up-and-comer announced on Instagram that she suffered a fracture in her tibial plateau–the same injury that Vonn suffered just over a year ago.
“Looks like I will be fine tuning the super power of healing in the next few weeks as I have a tibial plateau fracture,” she wrote on Thursday. “Looking up though because it was a lot better than originally feared.”
For Johnson, 2016-17 was a breakout season on the World Cup, particularly in downhill. She ended the season ranked 18th in the discipline. Of the eight downhill races this season, she had one top 10 result and was in the top 30 in every downhill race she finished.
Johnson still has her eyes on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
“I will need to take a different path to go back to Korea next year, but the challenge makes the victory sweeter,” she continued to say on Instagram.
Ended my season a little early yesterday. ? Looks like I will be fine tuning the super power of healing in the next few weeks as I have a tibial plateau fracture. Looking up though because it was a lot better than originally feared. I will need to take a different path to go back to Korea next year but the challenge makes the victory sweeter. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t wear your @spyderactive super suit… you become mortal. #alwayswearyoursupersuit #stayhungry #donttrythisathome Thanks to all the people who supported me to my first of hopefully many WC Finals #sheskis @atomicski @brikousa @lekiusa