Two-time U.S. downhill champion and Olympian Jackie Wiles had a consistent 2016 World Cup season and looks to translate training day speed into race day in 2017. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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. After a challenging 2015 season, Wiles was able to find the fire in 2016, finding her way back into the points consistently. Ultra-fast on training days, she'll look to translate that speed into her race day routine. At only 24-years-old, most would be overwhelmed, but Wiles' 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 2017.
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