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.
Jackie Wiles skipped the U.S. Development Team and made the C squad after taking the 2013 U.S. downhill title, the NorAm super G title and two top 10's at the World Junior Championships. (Tripp Faye/Copper Mountain)
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Northwesterner Jacqueline Wiles blasted onto the race scene early in the 2013 season in a big way. How big? She won the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championship downhill title at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain. Now firmly on the U.S. Ski Team, she's looking to bump her fearless approach to skiing up to the World Cup level.
The U.S. downhill gold medal was just the start of what became a phenomenal season for Wiles, who would go on to win the NorAm super G title and finish second in both the NorAm downhill and overall standings. Additionally, she posted top 10s in both downhill and combined at the Junior World Championships and cracked the top 15 in super G. How'd she celebrate? She moved to Park City and took up residence at the Center of Excellence.
I love representing the Western Region. They've helped me so much with my career so far. The coaches are amazing and they've done so much to help me along. Hopefully this is the next step to racing World Cup.
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