GRINDLEWALD, Switzerland – John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) led the U.S. in 13th at the ski cross World Cup in Grindlewald Friday. Caitlin Ciccone (Littleton, NH) finished 19th, posting her best career result. Norway’s Audun Groenvold and Canada’s Kelsey Serwa won the race.
Groenvold took the top spot of the men’s podium followed by Switzerland’s Michael Schmid in second and Canada’s Christopher Delbosco in third. Teller showed consistency on Friday after his strong finsh last weekend.
“It’s another solid finish to back up his 11th from Sweden,” said U.S. Freestyle Ski Cross Coach Tyler Shepard. “He’s definitely knocking on the door to making a really big jump with the results.”
Teller experienced the sometimes unfortunate luck of ski cross, qualifying with the slowest time for the next heat and receiving the last lane choice. He made the best of his lane assignment picking off one racer early on to take third. Teller gave an impressive effort to pass to get the transfer spot, but came up short at the finish not advancing to the finals.
“It just didn’t happen for him, but it was still a great result,” said Shepard. “He’s been coming on strong since Lake Placid, so he’s certainly carrying the momentum into Meiringen.”
Serwa topped a Canadian-filled podium with Ashleigh Mcivor in second, followed by Danielle Poleschuk in third. Ciccone, the lone U.S. female competitor, posted her best result in 19th.
“That’s her best result to date and she had a best qualification in ski cross here, too,” explained Shepard. “I think she’s carrying momentum.”
Ciccone experienced trouble in the first turn, clipping another boot going down. Due to the early crash, she unfortunately did not get a chance to compete for the transfer spot.
“She didn’t really get a chance to try to push through the transfer spot, but nonetheless it was another solid result from Caitlin,” said Shepard. “Certainly something to build off of, especially since she was significantly faster in qualifications then she has been.”
The U.S. Ski Cross Team will head to Meiringen-Hasliberg, Switzerland Sunday, March 14 for another World Cup.
“We’re excited to give it another go in Meriringen, just down the road,” said Shepard.
March 12, 2010
1. Audun Groenvold, Norway
2. Michael Schmid, Switzerland
3. Christopher Delbosco, Canada
4. Lars Lewen, Sweden
5. Tomas Kraus, Czech Republic
13. John Teller, Mammoth Lakes, CA
35. Jean Christopher Rudigoz, Ketchum, ID
46. Partick Duran, North Fayston, VT
1. Kelsey Serwa, Canada
2. Ashleigh Mcivor, Canada
3. Danielle Poleschuk, Canada
4. Anna Holmlund, Sweden
5. Marte Hoele Gjefsen, Norway
19. Caitlin Ciccone, Littleton, NH