Johnny Teller wins first World Cup of 2011

St. Johann, Austria (Jan. 7) American Ski Cross athlete John Teller, of Mammoth Lakes, CA won the first Ski Cross World Cup of 2011 and the first World Cup Ski Cross ever for an American. Teller, who was third place in the second World Cup of the season in December, won every heat on his way to victory under the lights in St. Johann, Austria. “I can’t believe it,” said Teller, “I owned every heat.”

On the most technical course of the World Cup season getting the holeshot was at a premium. “The Swiss guy (Alex Fiva) kept giving me the outside lane. He should have taken the lane from me but he didn’t…I got the holeshot every time except the final and even then I was able to make a pass on the final stretch,” said Teller.

Nick Zoricic from Canada, who placed 2nd, was passed by Teller after winning the holeshot. “He swung a little low in the final turn. I was on his tails all the way down and when he went low I stayed high and passed him at the very end…it was awesome!” said Teller.

“I had a feeling he would do well after qualifying 5th but I had no idea he was going to win the whole thing” said Casey Puckett, executive director of the American Ski Cross Association. “I knew going into this year Teller was ready to step it up but I never would have guessed he would be at the top of the World Cup rank list in the beginning of January.”