Archive - Feb 2014 - Sports Article
Mammoth’s Lucas Underkoffler and Nikita Norton are in Colorado this weekend, after having won spots in the under-18 U.S. Nationals ski races this weekend at Copper Mountain.
Underkoffer and Norton both won spots as a result of their performances in the FIS Elite Wild West Classic at Snow King Mountain, Wyo., last weekend.
Seven other Mammoth Mountain Ski Team racers participated in the Wyoming event.
Norton placed fifth for the U18 ladies in the first slalom and Underkoffler was fifth for the second slalom and seventh in the final GS.
John Teller's Olympics were over almost before they started.
Teller, the mechanic who works for his Uncle Mike Fiebiger at the Alpine Garage, crashed out of the Olympic ski cross early, finishing 28th in a field of 32.
In a Facebook quote posted by his mother, Teller seemed to take the loss with a fair measure of philosophy.
"That's ski racing ... sometimes you win and sometimes you lose; just wasn't my day today."
There’s an old saying around here, that “if you put a speed race on the calendar, it will snow.”
Once again the old urban legend was on the money last week when snowy weather forced the Mammoth Mountain Race Department to scramble.
Pete Korfiatis, Head MMST FIS coach, described the scenario like this:
“Though the MMRD was ready to race, Mother Nature had different ideas. She came in with fury, and knowing how badly the mountain needed the snowfall no one was upset.
Larry Johnston says he knows one word in Russian.
It is “nyet,” the Russian word for “no.”
Debbie Teller says she knows one fewer word than Johnston.
Karl Teller, meanwhile, has been trying to pick up bits of Russian on his vehicle’s CD player, and Debbie says he might know five words by now, while Karen Johnston says she’s working on one word: “Dosvidaniya,” meaning goodbye.