A multi-sport star in Sweden, Johanson came to Anchorage in the early 1950s and became part of the burgeoning cross-country ski scene. He earned spots on the 1956 and 1960 U.S. Olympic teams and then coached the national biathlon team at Fort Richardson for several years. He won six straight Mount Marathon titles from 1954-59) and was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1975.