PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A year ago, Langely McNeal was in the midst of a switch to the corporate world, working 80 hours a week for a Groupon-like startup company.
As recently as December, John Teller had traded in the skis for a wrench, working at his uncle’s California auto-repair shop, changing oil, fixing transmissions and replacing timing belts.
This week, both Americans are back on the snow and in the spotlight when skicross makes another splash in the U.S.
They’ll be competing this weekend in the Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.
For Teller and McNeal, the goal is both redemption and awareness for a sport they are trying to grow in popularity and in funding.
Teller wiped out in his semifinal heat at last month’s Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.