C. R. Johnson, a professional free skier who had competed in superpipe and halfpipe at Winter X Games, died after he fell and hit his head on a rock outcropping Wednesday while taking a run down a steep chute at Squaw Valley in California, authorities said.
Johnson, 26, was skiing with friends when he fell while trying to negotiate a “very, very tight, rocky area,” said Jim Rogers, a member of the resort’s ski patrol. Johnson, who was wearing a helmet, fell face-first, then spun around and struck the back of his head on rocks.
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