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Uploaded on Oct 17, 2014
A Zeke Piestrup Film Music By Stephen Cox Audio Post by Unified Sounds
Hollywood Reporter calls Downhill "compelling, lively, and moving."
Denver Magazine: "Rich with human drama, heartbreak, and humor Piestrup paints a unique portrait of a man living on the edge."
Bill Johnson's story is the ultimate Greek Tragedy of an Olympic champion. Skiing's greatest rebel and cult-hero, Johnson made an Ali-like claim at the '84 Winter Olympics that “everyone else is racing for second place.” Called a "nose picker" by Austrian downhill legend Franz Klammer, Johnson made good on his bet when he struck downhill gold in Sarajevo, becoming the first American man to win a gold medal in ski racing for the United States. In all, Johnson won a record four races in 1984. He was the greatest downhiller in the world, fulfilling the prophecy of Robert Redford's "Downhill Racer". "And then it was gone," says Phil Mahre of Johnson’s subsequent fall from grace. Downhill depicts this journey and tells a personal tale of a fallen hero, seeking to win back his family and his life.