JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) Cattle rancher Tom Johnston is a Wyoming cowboy gone global who's the master of snow for Alpine skiing events at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Johnston, the chief of race for ski events at the 2018 Olympics, is responsible for preparing the snow to world-class conditions at the next Winter Games.
Having honed his craft at annual World Cup races and last season's world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, the snow maestro prepared courses for the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and 2014 Sochi Games. Skiers got another taste of Johnston's skills over the weekend at the Alpine test event for the 2018 Games.
Ten alpine skiing medals will be awarded in Sochi - five men's and five women's - as has been the case since 1988. The sport was introduced to the Olympics in 1936 and has been practiced in the European Alps for at least 150 years with its earliest competitive origins are in Norway. In five different timed events, skiers maneuver through gated courses. See what differentiates each event, what standard equipment is used, track the sport's Olympic history and its most decorated athletes, and check out the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center that will be used for all alpine skiing events in Sochi.
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