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For the third time in as many races, Victor, Idaho, native and Olympian Breezy Johnson found the podium for her downhill performance.

The Jackson-born skier finished third Saturday in St. Anton, Austria, bringing her season haul so far to three third-place finishes in World Cup races this year.

Italy’s Sofia Goggia took the top spot in 1 minute, 24.06 seconds, followed by Austria’s Tamara Tippler at 1:25.02.

Johnson was just behind in 1:25.1, eight-hundreths of a second out of claiming her first second-place World Cup race finish.

On Sunday, Johnson missed out on the podium in Super-G after catching an edge, finishing just outside the points in 32nd place.

Johnson earned her first podiums late last month, placing third in successive World Cup downhill races in Val d’Isere, France. Before that, Johnson had an extended stay at Copper Mountain, Colorado, where she finished the training period with a national championship victory in downhill.

Following Saturday’s race in Austria, Johnson told USSkiAndSnowboard.org she gave credit to that training site in Colorado for her early season success in Europe.

“We worked really hard there, we had great conditions, we trained with our men’s team,” she said. “That was great to get full-length downhill training in November. I honestly don’t know if anyone else got that, but it was amazing to have.

“I think that helped a lot in order to get ready, because you come to Val d’Isere and here, and it almost feels a little bit slow.”

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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