10 years ago today the world lost one of its brightest and most vibrant souls. Additionally, skiing lost one of its biggest and most innovative influences.
“10 years ago we all lost a friend. There aren’t many people as passionate or dedicated as CR Johnson was, and even in the face of adversity he strove to succeed at what he loves to do most: ski. Miss you, CR. Your light shines on” – Matchstick Productions
CRJ died February 24th 2010, while skiing at Squaw Valley, CA in an area known as the Light Towers. His influence on skiing will be felt and seen forever. Furthermore, he progressed the sport to a new and unique level that very few have before him, and in this, his influence is still seen in many areas of freeskiing today.
He’s the defining person who put halfpipe skiing on the map,” said two-time Winter X SuperPipe champion Simon Dumont. “He’s a huge part of how halfpipe skiing is right now.”
He defied the odds when he returned to skiing after a traumatic brain injury that he suffered in December of 2005. The injury left him in a coma for 10 days. He spent 34 days in the hospital and several months in rehab but was back on snow by the end of that winter.
“Only the things that you truly love will you pursue with that energy” – CRJ