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Michel Lipchitz, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Feb. 6, 1984, file photo, American Olympic downhill skier Bill Johnson, of Van Nuys, Calif., balls up for faster flight through the air at Mt. Bjelasnica, during the third training run for the Winter Olympic alpine skiing events, near Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. A series of strokes over the past few years have all but immobilized Johnson, the skier who once lived life on the edge. His brash confidence, movie-star charisma and rebellious attitude made him a fan favorite at the 1984 Olympics, when he became the first American to capture the downhill crown.

The daredevil downhill skier in him still craves going fast even if his body no longer permits it.

Once helped into his motorized scooter, former Olympic champion Bill Johnson races through the halls of an assisted living facility in Gresham, Ore., hardly ever backing off the accelerator.

Well, until he's ordered to SLOW DOWN by the nursing staff.

A series of strokes have all but immobilized the skier who once lived life on the edge, whose brash confidence, movie-star charisma and rebellious attitude made him a fan favorite at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, where he became the first American to capture the downhill crown.