For those with an appreciation for the manner in which Bill Johnson won the 1984 Olympic gold medal in downhill, boldly predicting the outcome days before the contest, it will come as no surprise the feisty American ski racer has elected to “pull the plug” on life support systems.
Johnson has been hospitalized with a severe infection according to a report from his mother and passed along by the Bill Johnson Special Needs Trust Project.
He decided to return to the Gresham Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation facility where he had been living and continue without life support.
Johnson, skiing’s “bad boy” in the 1980’s has been trying to overcome a severe head injury sustained in training for a comeback bid prior to the US Nationals in 2001.
His mother, DB Johnson, encourages friends to call. Her cell number is 503-706-2271.
BJ Johnson was the first American to win an Olympic downhill.