2011 X Games champ John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) highlights the field as the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup joins the event for the first time. The weekend will close out Saturday with unique team SBX racing at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session. All events will be televised on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network.
Skicross and snowboardcross feature four to six athletes going head to head down a course featuring jumps, bumps, banks and berms much like motocross on snow. In yesterday's Ski Cross, USA's John Teller skied his way into the semifinals in the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Telluride, but just missed the finals finishing seventh to lead the USA.
"In the semi, I was trying to avoid traffic and had a big crash in front of me," said Teller. "Trying to move out of the way of everything, if you're not running a flat ski you're not going to be pulling ahead. And that's what put the last nail in the coffin for me. Happy to get into the small final and finish seventh. A good day."
Slovenian Filip Flisar won the men's final with Swiss Fanny Smith taking the women's title. It was the first U.S. World Cup stop for the skicross tour in three years. The race was broadcast live on Universal Sports TV and the USSA Network.
Filip Flisar, left and John Teller after Telluride Ski Cross Copyright Mike Doyle