AKA William Dean Johnson
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Downhill skiing gold medal, 1984
In 1984, Johnson became the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal for Alpine skiing. But following that triumph, his career waned, and he did not qualify for the 1988 Olympics. After holding down a series of odd jobs and an attempt at professional golf, in 2001 Johnson attempted a comeback. In the US Alpine championships that year, a kamikaze run down the mountain ended in a three-week coma and permanent brain injury. While he does not remember much of the 1990s, Johnson physically recovered enough to ski casually, but this did not last. By 2010 the right side of his body was paralyzed.
Wife: Gina Ricci (m. 1986, div. 1999, three sons)
Son: Ryan (d. 1992 drowned in hot tub)
Olympic Gold Medal 1984 (downhill skiing)
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
Coma 2001 (three weeks)
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