Teller 21st, Del Bosco 1st in French World Cup Skiercross

Teller hanging in 6th in the World Cup standings

From the American Ski Cross Assoc. — Les Contamines, France (Jan. 16, 2011) – American Ski Cross athlete John Teller, who won his last World Cup event in St. Johann, Austria, finished 21st overall at a freestyle World Cup event on Saturday in Les Contamines, France. Teller was the highest placing American at the event and is now sixth overall in the World Cup standings. Canadian (by way of Vail) Chris Del Bosco won the event.

"I probably had one of the toughest heats going into the first round," said Teller of his skiing at the French resort. "Conditions were a lot harder than I think they were anticipating… It was a pretty fast course." Teller was knocked out in the first round by Austria's Andreas Matt, who took home the silver medal, and Patrick Koller, who advanced to the next round.

Christ Del Bosco of Canada took the gold medal, beating out Matt and Russia's Egor Korotkov. Two other American Ski Cross athletes attended the event. Biche Rudigoz finished 44th overall, while Pat Duran lost control during qualifying on Saturday and ended up in the netting. He was not injured.

Les Contamines, a village and ski resort in south-eastern France, is renowned for its good snow. This is the ninth year in a row the resort has hosted a World Cup event.

All three American Ski Cross athletes will be competing in the upcoming ESPN Winter X Games held in Aspen, Colorado, Jan. 27-30. When asked about the event, Teller shared he's "definitely looking forward to getting back to the states and racing in the X Games."