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Teller falters in Olympic Ski Cross

February 20, 2014

Mammoth's favorite Olympian mechanic, John Teller. Photo/NBC Sports

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."

Teller's race, witnessed by his parents, Karl and Debbie Teller, and his close family friends, Larry and Karen Johnston, fell in his first run at Sochi Thursday, failing to make it out of the knockout round and into the quarterfinals.

Plenty of other favorites didn't make it to the medal stand either, as the French skiers swept Thursday’s competition in what the New York Times described as feeling "like a surprise even to them."

"All of the favorites botched their runs, some more dramatically than others, allowing France to complete its first-ever sweep at the Winter Games."

Jean-Frédéric Chapuis, a relatively untested ski cross racer, won gold, followed by his teammates Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol.
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