Mrs. Johnston goes to the Olympics
By Joy Ufford, [email protected]
SOUTH KOREA – Boulder’s’s Cassy Johnston prepared herself last week to become a worldly traveler as she set out to join her husband “ski course designer and Wyoming rancher” Tom Johnston at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Cassy – who admitted her travels have been rather limited over the past couple of decades – agreed to send “home” some pictures and impressions about her long journey to be a ski race assistant for the Olympics. Johnston’s plans did not include the Olympic opening ceremony because true to form, she instead chose to be up on the mountain at the Jeonsong Alpine Center.
The men’s downhill race Sunday that traditionally opens Olympic alpine competition was postponed due to 45-mph winds that threatened racers on the tight course designed by Tom Johnston. The race was rescheduled for today, Tuesday, with the women’s giant slalom being the first alpine medal race on Monday.
S• Feb. 8, 5:39 a.m. – The journey begins. PyeongChang.
• Feb. 8, 10:44 a.m. – In San Francisco, getting ready to board my 12- 1/2 hour flight to Seoul. Then 3-hour drive to Jeongseon Alpine Center. Miles and Miles to go.
• Feb. 10, 6:25 a.m. – It’s day. Very warm welcome to Jeongseon. Picked up accreditation Then up on the hill for final preparations for the men’s Olympic downhill.