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John Teller began as an alpine racer, training at Mammoth Mountain when he was eight years old. Without a big break, he gave up his racing dream only to discover skicross a few years later. He started slow but earned his first World Cup podium in 2010 and his first World Cup win shortly after in 2011, becoming the first American to ever win a skicross World Cup. He went on to take gold at X Games Aspen and 5th at World Championships that year. Then in 2013 he took the U.S. skicross title and then a bronze at World Championships. It seems he is primed for Sochi. 

Teller's parents raised him on the slopes of Mammoth Mountain, where he showed a natural talent from the beginning. He was racing by eight with the Mammoth Race Program, but never broke out of the national stage until he took up skicross, which incorporated everything he loves about skiing. When not racing, training or traveling, he's financing his ski career with his other career as an auto mechanic in his family's business. He lives with his wife, Angela Dessert, in Mammoth Lakes, where he enjoys hunting and biking in his free time.





  • 2013 World Championships, bronze (skicross)
  • 2013 U.S. skicross champion
  • 2012 X Games Aspen, 9th (skicross)
  • 2011, 4th World Cup overall skicross standings
  • 2011 World Championships, 5th (skicross)
  • 2011 X Games Aspen, gold (skicross)
  • 2011 World Cup St. Johann, Austria, 1st - First-ever win for USA in skicross
  • 2010 X Games Aspen, 6th (skicross)
  • 2009 X Games Aspen, 20th (skicross)