Two-time U.S. downhill champion and Olympian Jackie Wiles landed World Cup starts and points in her rookie season with the U.S. Ski Team. Watch out for her in 2015. (Getty Images/Alexander Hassenstein)
It was a strong day for the USA in the opening training run of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, headlined by strong runs from Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis, both returning from multiple knee injuries.
Laurenne Ross and Jackie Wiles (pictured) earned downhill starts in the third and final downhill training run Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Olympic venue and will be joining Stacey Cook and Julia Mancuso in the Feb. 12 downhill.
Today, the USSA announced a strong team of 20 alpine athletes, including three Olympic gold medalists, to represent the USA in Sochi. (Photo: Mickael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Ski Team rookie Jackie Wiles (pictured) and Julia Ford charged from the back of the pack to lead for the USA, tying in ninth place during Thursday’s downhill training for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill double-header this weekend.
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Northwesterner Jackie Wiles blasted onto the race scene early in the 2013 season in a big way. She won the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championship downhill title at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center hosted at Copper Mountain. She then won it again in 2014 and went to her first Olympics. Now firmly on the U.S. Ski Team, she's a full-fledged member of the women’s World Cup speed team and she’s constantly pushing everyone else with her natural talent and fearless ability to ski fast.
How fast is this Pacific Northwest ripper? Fast enough to land World Cup points in her rookie season, including a top 15 during a three-day stand in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, which ultimately punched her ticket to the Olympics (where she finished 26th in downhill).
Now it’s up to “Janky Lil J” to keep the momentum rolling into the 2015 season, when she’ll be hitting the World Cup in earnest with the likes of Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. Most would be overwhelmed, but her cool personality allows her to take it all in stride and juice every ounce of knowledge from each new experience. Watch out for her in 2015.
Now I just have to learn from all that experience and keep on the same positive track. Keep pushing, keep working hard and keep focused on always improving. There are so many fast skiers out there that any one of them would be happy to take my spot on the U.S. team. I’m not going to let that happen.
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