Mammoth Ski Cross against the world
Mammoth’s newly formed SX Team was on the road the past two weeks competing in the opening two Ski Cross World Cups of the 2013 season; Dec 7 at Nakiska, Alberta, and Dec. 12 at Telluride, Colo.
Lead by John Teller, Mammoth local and XGames Gold Medalist, the team brought back a host of results.
Teller, who again is establishing himself as one of the best in the world, placed 11th at Nakiska and 7th in Telluride. His exciting skiing and strong results helped him get closer to meeting the quota and earning an Olympic spot for Solchi, Russia.
Madeline Riffel and Tyler Wallasch led the charge for the U.S. as our top junior finishers. Riffel, exponentially moving her way up the ranks was the top American female at Nakiska and at Telluride, earned her first World Cup points, coming in 29th.
Wallasch was equally impressive at both events finishing second for Americans at Nakiska and missing the finals by a half second.
Because Riffel and Wallasch were the top American juniors at Telluride, on a track so big it was compared to the XGames, they have earned themselves spots on the U.S. Freeski Junior World Championship Team.
The Junior World Championships will be held at the end of March in Val Malenco, Italy.
In the mean time, Riffel will travel to North America to compete for the North American Cup Title, while Wallasch will be joining Teller on the World Cup Tour.
They are currently competing in Val Thorens, France, and will head to San Candido, Italy, before they come back to Mammoth for Christmas.