John Teller won bronze at the Freestyle World Ski Champs, the first ever U.S. medal in skicross. Here he is launching at the USANA Freeskiing Grand Prix at Canyons. (Jen Desmond / U.S. Freeskiing)
VOSS, Norway (March 10) - John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) fought his way onto the podium, winning bronze at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Sunday. It was the first ever U.S. skicross medal since the event was added in 2005. France’s Jean Frederic Chapuis took home the gold in the fierce men's final while Swiss Fanny Smith won gold for women.
John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) won bronze at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Sunday.
It was the first ever U.S. skicross medal since the event was added in 2005.
It was Teller's second appearance at World Champs. He finished fifth in 2011 in Park City, UT. Saturday was his 30th birthday.
France’s Jean Frederic Chapuis took home the gold in the fierce men's final while Swiss Fanny Smith won gold for women.
Joe Swennson (Killlington, VT) was out in 1/8 finals.
No U.S. women advanced to the final rounds.
Skicross wrapped up a great Freestyle World Champs for U.S. Freeskiing.
Tom Wallisch took gold in slopestyle, David Wise gold in halfpipe, Torin Yater-Wallace silver in halfpipe and Grete Eliassen bronze in slopestyle.
Next up, skicross heads to Are, Sweden for World Cup on March 17.
QUOTES John Teller It was a good birthday present, third place at World Championships. I'm pretty stoked about that. It's a little bittersweet because I know I could have done better, but last World Championships I was fifth so I'm glad to make it onto the final and be on the podium. I'm very proud to put the USA up there again and represent Mammoth and Red Bull and all my sponsors.
It was really tough coming from that far right lane. The first turning gate was right in the middle of all the starting gates, so it really benefitted you to be on the left side of that. It was really hard coming from the right and trying to move over. There was a couple opportunities where I felt like I could have passed, but I was just moving up next to a couple guys and I just couldn't quite get there. It was good though. I'm happy with it.