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Teller Seals Final Olympic Qualifier

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2014-01-17 09:33
 

VAL THORENS, France (Jan. 17) – John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) muscled his way to victory at the final skicross Olympic qualifier at the FIS World Cup in Val Thorens. It was the best U.S. result of the season after Teller placed 11th in a race in Val Thorens in December. Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden and Canadian David Duncan filled out the podium. U.S. Olympic team nominations are expected Jan. 21.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) made it count when he needed to, muscling his way to victory at the final skicross Olympic qualifier Friday at the FIS World Cup in Val Thorens.
  • It was the best U.S. result of the season after Teller placed 11th in a race in Val Thorens in December.
  • Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden and Canadian David Duncan filled out the podium. U.S.
  • U.S. athlete Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) finished 18th.
  • Skicross athletes needed two top-three finishes for objective criteria, but the strength of Teller’s finish makes him a strong candidate for Olympic selection.
  • Olympic team nominations are expected Jan. 21.

QUOTES
John Teller
I have had a tough year so far but am beyond happy to start the middle of my season this way. I feel that I have just hit my stride and am ramping up for February. I have to thank my tech Chris Taylor for the rockets that got me to the final and the top step of the podium. I also have to thank all my sponsors: Red Bull, Mammoth Mountain, Kittridge Sports, Footloose Sports and all my supporters in Mammoth.

Yesterday was a little tougher, just with the lack of visibility. I think we had about the same tail wind today, but the visibility was a little bit better. I think that was a big key for me. Being able to see really helped me get through to win this thing.

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