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Influential pro skier Johnson dies

Updated: February 26, 2010, 1:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Current Olympians and others in the ski community are mourning the loss of professional free skier C.R. Johnson, who died in a fall while skiing a steep chute at California's Squaw Valley.

Jim Rogers, a member of the Lake Tahoe-area resort's ski patrol, said Johnson was skiing with a group of friends Wednesday when he fell while trying to negotiate a "very, very tight, rocky area."

The 26-year-old Johnson fell face first, then spun around and struck the back of ...

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