Olympian Johnson Pleads Innocent

Publish date:

February 24, 2005

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)--Olympic skier Bill Johnson pleaded innocent Wednesday to all charges related to his confrontation with police during a traffic stop this month in Troutdale.

Johnson won Olympic gold during the 1984 Sarajevo games, becoming the first American to win the downhill skiing event.

He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted assault on a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest.

Johnson suffered a head injury in 2001 in Montana while attempting a comeback bid, slamming head first into hard-packed snow on a downhill training run.

His lawyer says since the accident, Johnson suffers from poor judgment and lack of impulse control.

Johnson allegedly punched the deputy repeatedly and kicked the police officer after taunting them with his gold medal.

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