Johnson’s condition improving |

Johnson’s condition improving

USASA Reports

Bill Johnson’s family’s optimism has continued to grow Tuesday as day-by-day Johnson gains ground, nearing the three-week mark following his skiing accident.

While still in a coma, Johnson, of Olympic Valley, is maintaining well without life support systems and is developing more mobility every day.

Olympian Rosener Retires

Downhill racer Jason Rosener of Breckenridge, Colo., a 1998 Olympian and former World Junior Championships medal winner, has decided to retire from World Cup racing, the U.S. Ski Team said Tuesday.

A two-time junior national champion, Rosener was the downhill bronze medalist at the 1994 World Junior Championships at Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, N.Y. He competed in the 1997 World Championships and was 15th in downhill at the ’98 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

Rosener, 26, who missed all of the ’99 and ’00 seasons due to recurring back problems, returned to skiing on a limited basis this past season, but said he wasn’t where he had hoped to be and the back ailments forced him to reassess his career.

“The bottom line for me was that I’m not able to train and work the way I need to in order to continue my pursuit of being the best ski racer in the world,” he said.

Bill Egan, who was downhill head coach and then men’s head coach as Rosener moved onto the U.S. Ski Team, said Rosener was making a good decision.

“I’m happy Jason was able to put himself back in the position where he was able to finish the season – and his career – in a ski race, not just watching. He’s in

better physical condition than he’s been in for quite a while and that’s a great tribute to his effort to

recover. But we discussed it and the road to realizing his dreams is too long at this point and he risks

further injury, so I think he’s making a smart move and I fully support it. He’s a terrific young man and I’m

glad he was with us.”

Rosener said he planned to resume his career with Charles Schwab, where he started a couple of years

ago as a summer intern in the company’s Colorado Springs office.

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