Bad Billy Wins!” shouted the headline of
the Aspen Times in 1984 as Bill Johnson,
Olympic Gold Medalist, won what became known from
then on as “America’s Downhill.”
Despite a race delay prompted by a foot of snow,
then more snow and fog on race day, Johnson reached
speeds of 75 mph in a tuck on Aztec, besting Austrians
Helmut Hoeflehner and Anton
Steiner, who placed second and third.
Fourth place went to Pirmin Zurbriggen
of Switzerland, who held an overall points lead
in the World Cup downhill.
went on to win the giant slalom with the fastest
time in the first run and the second fastest in
the second run, to beat Luxembourg’s Marc
Girardelli. American Phil Mahre,
in one of his last races before retirement, posted
a third-place finish in the GS.