Tess Johnson

Tess Johnson: ‘In some of the best times, there will be the worst of times’

Henry David Thoreau once said, “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”. Feeling jet-lagged, depressed and recovering from food poisoning, when Tess Johnson returned from her “time in China” (she was not named to the globe’s deepest Olympic women’s mogul team this cycle), she heeded the great American writer’s words.
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Olympic minute: Tess Johnson, Mikaela Shiffrin and more

“Although I did not lose someone I love that day, I lost my Olympic dream, which meant everything to me,” Johnson wrote. “I would come to feel many emotions over the next three weeks: betrayal, anger, depression, hope, love, gratitude, grief. But in that moment, all I felt was pain, pulsing up and down my body as if I’d just been stabbed in the heart. My life for the past 12 years, up until “the call,” suddenly felt pointless. And in that moment, I can honestly say that I wanted to die.”
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Tess Johnson talks about being left off of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Ski Team

Tess Johnson had been waiting in a Park City hotel room for almost two days, a COVID-caused solitary confinement, when her phone rang at 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 17. It was her coach, Matt Gnoza. Considering her World Cup standing (fifth overall and the second American) and her recent string of top-five performances at the designated Olympic tryout events, including two podiums, Johnson assumed Gnoza would be bearing good tidings of great joy.

Tess Johnson places third at Tremblant, Canada World Cup mogul event

World No. 1 Jakara Anthony opened the door, and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail athletes Tess Johnson and Elizabeth Lemley put their proverbial feet in it. Competing in her first career World Cup, the 15-year-old Lemley qualified for the super final and finished as the second American and fourth overall, while teammate Tess Johnson inched closer to a second U.S. Olympic team bid with her second podium finish of the season, placing third.

Tess Johnson earns World Cup moguls podium in France

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Tess Johnson landed an individual moguls World Cup podium Friday morning in France by placing third at the Alpe d’Huez stop. Her score of 76.64 trailed Japan’s Anri Kawamura (77.21) and Australia’s Jakara Anthony (85.97). “I’m over the moon right now,...