Out of nine Mammoth-based athletes to compete at Winter X Games 15 in Aspen, Colorado last week, three of these athletes graced the podium. Celebrate with medalists Kaya Turski (gold, Women’s Skiing Slopestyle), Johnny Teller (gold, Men’s Skier X) and Tyler Flanagan (bronze, Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle) this Sunday, February 6, 2011, at Mammoth Mountain.
Mammoth’s welcome home party kicks off at 12:30pm with an athlete ride-a-long. Meet at the bottom of Thunder Bound Express (Chair 6) to take a victory lap with Kaya, Johnny and Tyler. Stop by the Main Lodge Sundeck for an autograph signing at 1pm and join the after party at Tusks Bar at 2pm.
About the athletes
From Mammoth Mountain’s archives:
Kaya Turski didn't waste anytime in showing the team's dominance. The 22 year-old is the defending champ of Women's Skiing Slopestyle. She won last year's event as well as the inaugural Winter X Games Europe. She's got a taste for the finer metals: she maintained her crown with a gold and proved that you don't have to start skiing as a toddler to dominate – she's only been skiing for five years.
Johnny Teller knows a thing or two about mountains. Mammoth's hometown hero (his father owns the Chevron in town), Teller is a former lift maintenance crew member. He made history this month as the first American to win a World Cup Ski Cross Race and he dominated X Games – he won gold in Men's Skier X.
If you've ever checked out the talent in Main Park, you've probably seen Tyler Flanagan ripping it up. At only 17, he's been a force to be reckoned with for years. The team rider nailed a run that included a frontside 9 to cab 12 to backside 12 and nabbed a bronze in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle.