“Did that just happen?” Hard work pays off too. First John Teller was the only American ever to win a Gold Medal in World Cup Skier Cross, now he takes home the X-Games Gold with a sly pass of Canada’s Chris Del Bosco about 3/4 of the way down. When asked by the reporter just after his victory he seemed in awe of the situation and when asked where did you come from, all he had to say was, “From Mammoth!” Congrats, Jeff. Not bad for a 27 year old part time mechanic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was pretty much a two man race down the entire course…
“I knew exactly what I was planning on doing [in the final]. It ended up working and I came home with the win,” said Teller.
Adding to the drama of the day was the return of Puckett to Winter X skicross. The 38-year old had walked away from the sport after eight Winter X Skicross appearances, but came back just in time to take bronze in skicross.
The skiing legend seemed glad to be back at Winter X, even cheekily updating his Facebook page after a good run in qualifiers.
“I got second in qualifying,” said Puckett. “From the couch to the podium!”
In the women’s skicross, Canadian Kelsey Serwa beat out French veteran Ophelie David in one of the most bizarre finishes in the history of the sport. Neck-in-neck going into the final money booter, the two got tangled on the landing and crashed over the finish line. Both arose bloodied and battered, but Serwa had slid across first and won the gold. Switzerland’s Fanny Smith rounded out the podium with bronze.
1. John Teller
2. Chris Del Bosco
3. Casey Puckett