The walls of the home American moguls skier Tess Johnson shares with her family in Vail, Colorado are lined with magazine covers from past Olympics.
It’s not so much a testament to the Johnsons’ passion for the sport as it is a tribute to the man who wrote the stories. Bill Johnson spent more than three decades a sportswriter, including a long stint at Sports Illustrated, where he focused on the Olympics and skiing, and particularly skiing at the Olympics.
Now his granddaughter is writing a pretty unique story of her own.
The 17-year-old earned a spot in the women’s moguls finals. Admittedly nervous during the first qualifying round on Friday, she stomped her second qualifying run on Sunday night to earn a spot in the 20-woman final. Heady territory for one of the youngest members of Team USA.
“I definitely know he’s smiling down on me and he’d be so proud of me,” Tess Johnson said.
She has an appreciation for her grandfather’s work and isn’t ruling out following in his footsteps one day.
“I’ve always loved to write and always been enamored with what my grandfather did, covering the Olympics and skiers in general,” she said. “So I can see myself doing something like this in the future.”
First things first though.