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Mammoth Lakes Sends Six Athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi

If sending one athlete to the 2014 Sochi Olympics is exciting, how would you describe sending six?

“This is a true reflection of what a great training venue Mammoth is,” said Benjamin Wisner, Director of Mammoth Snowboard & Freeski Program. “This is very inspiring to all our aspiring athletes.”

Mammoth Lakes is sending six athletes in a variety of disciplines, from ski cross to snowboarding, to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. While some grew up here and others moved later in life to train on the incredible terrain at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, they all call Mammoth home.

John Teller (Ski Cross): As the first American to win a ski cross World Cup event, there are high hopes for John in Sochi. Most recently, Teller took first in Val Thorens, France making him the only American to podium in ski cross this World Cup season.

Kelly Clark (Snowboard Halfpipe): Definitely no stranger to the Olympic snowboard scene, Kelly Clark clinched her spot on the Olympic Team early on in the season. Clark has been to the Olympics three times prior, bringing home a gold and a bronze in the halfpipe event. Most recently she took first in halfpipe at the X Games Aspen 2014.

Trevor Jacob (Snowboardcross): In what was deemed the most surprising result of any Olympic sport this season, Trevor Jacob won a World Cup snowboardcross event in Vallnord-­‐Arcalís, Andorra, which placed him on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Greg Bretz (Snowboard Halfpipe): With a season that included upsetting Shaun White, the reigning Olympic halfpipe champion, in the first of five Olympic selection events, Bretz earned his stripes and his place on the
team. It will be Bretz’s second trip to the Olympics. He placed 12th in Vancouver.

Stacey Cook (Alpine Skiing Downhill and Super-G): Early in the 2012/2013 season Cook earned two, back‐to‐back downhill second‐place finishes at the Audi FIS World Cup, marking the first podiums of her World Cup career and the first step on her road to Sochi. In the final weekend of January, she wrapped things up with some of her best World Cup finishes of the season. This will be her third trip to the Olympics.

Kaya Turski (Slopestyle Skiing, Canada): Turski is a Canadian freestyle skier who is also a member of the Mammoth Unbound Ski Team. She heads to Sochi to compete in the Olympic debut of the slopestyle event. Most recently she won her fourth X Games gold medal for slopestyle in the 2014 event in Aspen.

“Besides all of them being world‐class athletes they are fabulous ambassadors to the sport, mountain and community!” said Harry Blackburn, Director Mammoth Mountain Ski Team. “We are all super proud of their efforts! This is where dreams become realities! We wish them all the best and we will be cheering them on in their Olympic Quest for excellences!”

And while Mammoth Snowboard Team rider, Chloe Kim is too young at 13 to go to the Olympics this year, with several Grand Prix podiums and a recent silver medal in the halfpipe at the X Games Aspen 2014, she’s a perfect example of the amazing talent to watch for coming out of Mammoth in the future.

“Chloe Kim lives in L.A. and trains in Mammoth,” said Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation Executive Director Stacy Corless. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to do at the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation; build great teams and great people.”

MMCF funds and implements academic, athletic, and outdoor programs that bring kids from different backgrounds together at school and on Mammoth Mountain to learn, compete, talk, become lifelong friends and ultimately realize their full potential.

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