Olympic downhill contender Breezy Johnson crashes again

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- Breezy Johnson, one of the top American medal contenders for the upcoming Beijing Olympics, will miss a second straight World Cup downhill after her second crash in two weeks.

Johnson fell during the second training session in Cortina on Friday and was removed from the start list for Saturday's race.

"She was able to ski down and is undergoing further medical evaluation," the U.S. Ski Team said.

Johnson, who placed fourth in the opening training session Thursday, had the top speed Friday at 115.94 kph (72 mph) on the upper section of the Olympia delle Tofane course before losing control.

She also missed a downhill and super-G in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, last weekend after injuring a knee in training.

Johnson placed second in the opening three downhills this season.