John Teller takes overall lead

Updated: January 7, 2011, 6:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. JOHANN, Austria -- John Teller of the United States won his first career World Cup ski cross event Friday to take the lead in the overall standings.

The 27-year-old Teller won the final of the night event ahead of Canada's Nick Zoricic and Austria's Thomas Zangerl. Teller leads the standings with 170 points, Zoricic is second with 162 and Andreas Matt of Austria is third with 159.

Heidi Zacher of Germany also won her first World Cup title in the women's event by beating Hedda Berntsen of Norway and fellow German Anna Woerner in the final.

Zacher tops the standings with 210 points, 43 clear of Fanny Smith of Switzerland. Anna Holmlund of Sweden is third with 150 points.

The next World Cup ski cross event is next Wednesday and Thursday in Alpe d'Huez, France.


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