Hometown: San Diego, California
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Current Residence: Chula Vista, California - Olympic Training Center
College: UC-San Diego ‘09 Biochemistry; UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine ‘16
Team: San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team
Coach: Stein Jorgensen
2004, 2008, 2012 Olympian
- 2012: Reached semifinals in both K1 500m and K1 200m
- 2008: 10th in K1 500m
- 2004: Reached semifinals in both K1 500m and K4 500m (with Kathy Colin, Marie Mijalis, Lauren Spalding)
How She Qualified: Johnson, 28 earned the Olympic boat quota slot for the U.S. by winning Gold in K1 500m at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 28. She then clinched the spot for herself with a 1st place finish in the K1 500m at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Oklahoma City on April 20, becoming the first canoe/kayak athlete to be named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.
- 2012 World Cup No. 2: 9th in K1 200m, 21st in K1 500m
- 2012 World Cup No. 1: 15th in K1 500m, 22nd in K1 200m
- 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: 1st in K1 500m, 1st in K1 200m
- 2011 Pan American Games: GOLD in K1 500m, GOLD in K1 200m
- 2011 World Championships: 17th in K1 200m, 20th in K1 500m
- 2011 World Cup No. 3: 9th in K1 200m, 12th in K1 500m
- 2011 World Cup No. 2: 6th in K1 500m, 7th in K1 200m
- 2010 World Championships: 10th
- Beijing Test Event: SILVER in K1 500m
- 2007 World Championships: 5th in K1 500m, 4th in K1 1000m
- 2007 World Cup No. 2: 1st in K1 1000m
- 2006 World Championships: 6th
- 2005 World Championships: 8th
Competing with Crohn’s: Johnson, 28, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2003, while rehabilitating a elbow injury. The illness left her unable to train in the 2003 and 2009 seasons. Johnson was accepted into the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and will begin the four-year program immediately upon returning from London. She has decided that the 2012 Games will be her last.
Family: Parents - Ronald and Sally Johnson; Sisters - Stacy and Virginia
Nickname: "Care Bear"
Job: Immediately following the 2012 Games, Johnson will begin a four-year program at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Hobbies: Painting, learning to surf
Quote: "Falling in life is unavoidable. Staying down is optional."
Honors: USOC Athlete of the Month (May 2007), San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Month (August 2007)
Getting started: Johnson was introduced to the sport through the San Diego Jr. Lifeguard program when Chris Barlow started San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team.
Johnson, a native of San Diego, has been training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. since 2002. She got involved in sports at a young age and started swimming when she was only three months old. She has participated in soccer, dancing and diving and was a gymnast for 11 years.
McElroy, Hornsby Shine at 2013 U.S. Sprint National Team Trials
April 24, 2013
The 2013 Team Trials marks the beginning of a new Olympic quadrennial, in which there will be some big shoes to fill. In senior women’s kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) will get the first shot at replacing replace three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who retired after London to enter veterinary school. McElroy finished first in both the 200m and 500m finals before teaming up with her Oklahoma City Boathouse District training partner Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) to win the K2 500m distance.
Johnson, Hornsby reach semifinals in 200m Olympic debut
Aug. 09, 2012
Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) and Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) each placed 8th in their respective K1 200m Semifinal races Friday. Hornsby will advance to the Saturday’s B Final.
Johnson places 6th in K1 500m Semifinal, prepares for 200m
Aug. 06, 2012
Three-time Olympian Carrie Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) started strong in her K1 500m Semifinal Tuesday, but faded and was unable to advance. She was the first to reach the 200-meter mark and the third to hit 250 meters. But she was passed by three additional paddlers for a 6th place finish.
Meet Our USA Canoe/Kayak Olympians
July 19, 2012
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Canoe/Kayak Team will consist of seven athletes competing in seven events.
Jorgensen and Caven to Coach 2012 Sprint Olympians
July 11, 2012
USA Canoe/Kayak announces Stein Jorgensen as the 2012 U.S. Olympic Sprint Team, pending final approval by U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun. The two-time U.S. Olympic kayaker will coach at his first Olympic Games in London. He coached the U.S. National Team during the 2008 and 2010 seasons and has served as 2012 Olympic nominee Carrie Johnson’s personal coach on and off since 2007. In London, he will oversee sprint kayakers Johnson and Tim Hornsby.
2012 Sprint World Cup 2
May 25, 2012
After a four year cycle in which they battled each other, teammates and the world, Tim Hornsby (Atlanta, Ga.) edged out Ryan Dolan (Kailua, Hawaii) in the Men’s K-1 200m B Final Sunday to clinch the lone men’s sprint kayak slot at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Olympic Hopefuls and Paracanoe Athletes Flock to Poland
May 18, 2012
Maggie Hogan (San Diego, Calif.) and Kaitlyn McElroy (Oklahoma City, Okla.) wrapped up their successful weekend with a third place finish in the Women’s K-2 500m B Final. The Oklahoma City training partners turned in a time of 1:53.612, 1.264 seconds behind the race’s first place finisher.
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Flatwater Sprint, Update
April 19, 2012
Congratulations to all athletes!