By Amy Gard
The American Ski Cross Association's John Teller closed out his World Cup season in fine fashion, placing fourth in Voss, Norway on Saturday. The fourth place finish helped him maintain his fourth place overall standing on the World Cup. Canada's Chris Del Bosco placed first in Norway, while Austria's Andreas Matt held the overall World Cup standing lead.
The fourth-place finish for Teller was an appropriate ending to his breakout season, including the first World Cup win for an American and his tremendous performance at the Winter X Games resulting in a gold medal. When Casey Puckett, Executive Director of the ASCA, was asked to sum up Teller's season in just a few short words, his response was simple: "Surprising, unexpected, fantastic, and unbelievable."
Puckett further discussed how Teller's successes this season will help the ASCA as a whole. "In order to get sponsors and raise money for the team, we need to get results. Teller really stepped up to the plate this year. He really made a name for himself and that can only help us going forward in getting some fundraising going."
The ASCA has helped fund three athletes all season long in attending World Cup events and the X Games. With the success the organization has experienced this year, Puckett has goals of both improving and expanding the team. "My hope is that we increase the depth of the team. I'd like to see more guys getting podiums and getting into the semifinals and finals, and I'd definitely like to see more women join this team."
Pat Duran, member of the ASCA team and resident of Aspen, Colo., also attended the World Cup Finals, placing 30th.