Winter Games Athletes
Johnson brings the experience of two previous Olympic appearances with him to Sochi, and still holds the distinction of being the youngest Olympic ski jumper in history after qualifying for the Turin Games in 2006 at 16. He helped the United States to a 14th-place finish in team competition that year and an 11th-place finish in Vancouver in 2010. Johnson was the 2009 overall national champion and also finished first on the large hill and third on the normal hill at the '08 national championships. He placed second to Nick Fairall at the Olympic trials in December. Despite his promising performances and Olympic pedigree, Johnson would have to pull off a major upset to finish on the podium in Sochi, as he'll be competing with the top European jumpers who dominate the sport at the international level. A U.S. men’s ski jumper hasn’t won a World Cup medal since 1991 or placed in the top 10 of an Olympic event since 1988. Johnson, who has made 13 World Cup starts, made his first ski jump at age 3 when he followed his sister Alissa off a 20-meter jump with no helmet and landed his leap.