John was born and raised in Mammoth Lakes, CA. His parents got him out on the slopes at an early age and it did not take them long to realize John was a natural. By the age of eight he was racing with the Mammoth Race Program. Over the years John matured into a solid four event racer, competing in five United States Alpine National Championships, and was on the cusp of making the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, but without a breakthrough he made a decision to ski for fun and give up racing. After a couple of seasons went by with no competitive ski outlet a friend convinced John to give the exciting and relatively new sport of ski cross a try. He took to the sport like a fish to water and caught the eye of the U.S. ski cross team. By the 2009-2010 ski season Teller was competing in Europe on the FIS World Cup Circuit with the U.S. Team. The 2010-2011 season was a break out year for Teller. He became the first American to win a World Cup Ski Cross event, at St. Johann in Tirol , Austria. Teller topped that by taking home X Games gold in Aspen. He then kept his solid results going to end up in 4th place in the World Cup standings.
- 2013, World Championships bronze medalist
- 2013, U.S. champion
- 2012, World Cup at Grindelwald, Switzerland silver medalist
- 2012, World Cup at Bischofswiesen, Germany silver medalist
- 2011, World Championships fifth place
- 2011, World Cup at St. Johann, Austria gold medalist
- 2010, World Cup at Innichen/San Candido, Italy bronze medalist
Things To Know:
1. From April to October, Teller typically works five days a week in his family's auto body shop in Mammoth Lakes, which has been in the family for over 40 years. The money he earns during the summers supports him throughout the season.
2. Competes in motocross during the summer.
3. His entire family were into skiing. Both of his parents, Karl and Debbie, skied for their college teams at Sierra College, and his sister Elise also competed in alpine for several years.