Still, Johnson remembers the mentors in her hometown who had such an impact on her. In an effort to give some of that back to the community, she makes regular visits to a class of fourth graders at Lake Placid Elementary School.
"We talk about skiing, traveling the world, and following your goals when I am in class," she said, "and when I travel we'll connect through e-mail and my blog. Last year, I worked with the sixth grade at St. Agnes School."
Johnson may be on the road for a while with competitions scheduled nearly every week December through March, but she no doubt has the support of her hometown fans, both young and old, in her quest for Olympic glory.