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U.S. adds Alpine skier to Olympic team to replace injured Breezy Johnson

SKIING: DEC 07 Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup

LAKE LOUISE, AB - DECEMBER 07: Alix Wilkinson of USA crosses the finish line during the downhill event at the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup on December 7, 2019, at the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Lake Louise, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Alix Wilkinson replaces the injured Breezy Johnson on the U.S. Olympic Alpine skiing team.

Wilkinson, 21, scored her first World Cup points last Saturday with an 18th-place finish in a downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. She races the downhill and super-G, like Johnson.

Johnson, the world’s second-best female downhill skier, withdrew from the Olympics after tearing cartilage in her knee in a training crash last week.

Johnson’s absence leaves Mikaela Shiffrin and Jackie Wiles’ as the U.S.’ definite starters in the Olympic downhill (assuming they want to race it).

Wilkinson and Bella Wright (who hasn’t raced since breaking a bone in her right ankle in a Dec. 12 race crash) are the only other American women with World Cup downhill points this season.

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