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Six Mammoth Lakes Skiers and Snowboarders Headed to 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

(January 28, 2014)

Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Jan. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 in Mammoth Lakes and
others moved later in life to train on the incredible terrain at
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, they all call Mammoth Lakes home.

"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

John Teller was the first American to ever win a ski cross World
Cup event, topping the podium in 2011. Most recently, Teller took
first in Val Thorens, France making him the only American to podium
in ski cross this World Cup season, and sending him to Sochi.

Kelly Clark clinched her spot on the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team
for halfpipe early 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.

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 his first
U.S. Olympic Team.

With a season that included upsetting Shaun White in the first
of five Olympic selection events for halfpipe, snowboarder Greg
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 in

Stacey Cook earned two, back-to-back downhill second-place
finishes at the Audi FIS World Cup 2012/13, marking the first
podiums of her World Cup career and the first step on her road to
Sochi. Recently, she wrapped up her spot on the Olympic team with
some of her best World Cup finishes of the season. This will be her
third trip to the Olympics.

Kaya Turski is a Canadian freestyle skier who is also a member
of the Mammoth Unbound Freeski 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

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.

For more information about Mammoth's Olympic athletes, go to

CONTACT: Lara Kaylor, Mammoth Lakes Tourism
760.934.2712 ext.1306 or

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