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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.

JACKIE SAYS
This season was more than I could have possibly dreamed. I didn’t really think the 2014 Olympics were a possibility until I had a few fast downhill training runs in Lake Louise to open the season. From that moment on I was like, ‘I can do this.’ Then I did in Cortina and made the team. I cannot describe how that felt.

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.

FIRST TRACKS
A product entirely of the Pacific Northwest Ski Association, Wiles was on skis about the same time she figured out walking. From there it was weekend trips to the mountain to learn all about what makes skiing fun with the White Pass Ski Club.

OFF THE SNOW
Life in the Northwest means riding all types of bikes. She’s been known to cruise around on road, mountain, and stationary bikes as well as motorcycles.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
26th, DH, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CUP HIGHLIGHTS
Points over three straight races during rookie season, 2014

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
DH, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
DH, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013

FIS JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2012, 2013
8th, SC, Quebec, CAN, 2013
9th, SC, Le Massif, CAN, 2013

OTHER
Two-time member of World Junior Championships Team (2012, 2013)
Top 10s in DH and Combined at 2013 World Juniors
2013 NorAm super G title
2013, second in both DH and overall NorAm standings