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16/02/1984 Bill Johnson becomes first American to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing

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1984 Bill Johnson Downhill

Bill Johnson won an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. His triumph in a time of 1:45.59 edged out silver medalist Peter Müller of Switzerland by 0.27 seconds. He was the 1st racer from outside the Alps to win an Olympic downhill.