CRESTED BUTTE, COLO., FEB. 3 -- Three-time Olympian Tamara McKinney and 1984 giant slalom gold medalist Debbie Armstrong head an 18-member U.S. Ski Team that will compete in the Winter Olympics in Calgary this month.
Notable by his absence from the team announced today is Bill Johnson, who won the gold medal in the men's downhill in the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
"We all feel sorry for Bill," U.S. Ski Team Alpine head Harald Schoenhaar said, "but if you take results from this year or last, Bill is the sixth or seventh man on the team."
"It would not be fair," Schoenhaar said, "to tell an A.J. Kitt or a Jeff Olson or a Bill Hudson that they cannot be on the team because we must put a person who has not finished higher than them all year on the team, instead."
Schoenhaar admitted his team is not the best in the world, but "we are going up there to compete."
He said that Pam Fletcher, 25, of Acton, Mass., the top-ranked American in the downhill and super giant slalom , has the best chance of winning a medal. Felix McGrath, 24, of Norwich, Vt., is the top contender on the men's side, Schoenhaar said.
Other members of the men's team are Bob Ormsby, 24, Tahoe City, Calif.; Olson, 22, Bozeman, Mont.; Hudson, 21, Olympic Valley, Calif.; Kitt, 19, Rochester, N.Y.; Doug Lewis, 24, Burlington, Vt.; Alexander (Sandy) Williams, 24, Rochester, N.Y., and Jack Miller, 22, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Other women named were Hilary Lindh, 18, Juneau, Alaska; Diann Roffe, 20, Williamson, N.Y.; Beth Madsen, 23, Aspen, Colo.; Edith Thys, 21, Squaw Valley, Calif.; Heidi Voelker, 18, Pittsfield, Mass., and Kristin Krone, 19, Truckee, Calif.