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Aspen local Wiley Maple has the body for hockey and was originally headed in that direction when skiing provided him a slap-shot opportunity to ski with the U.S. Development Team. He's made it count and is now a rising star among the men's speed team.

After tearing his ACL late in the 2012 season, Maple missed a decent chunk of the 2013 prep period and was slower than he would have liked getting back to his natural speed last winter. Despite the setback, things started clicking again toward the end of January, when Maple clocked a rare U.S. win during a Europa Cup downhill.

He then kicked it up a notch in the spring with a post-season trip to the Alaskan outback to compete in the gnarly Arctic Man Ski and Snowmobile race (won by teammate Marco Sullivan).

It was a long and pretty painful rehab. Particularly not being able to ski in the early season. And when I did get back on snow I was slow. I'm not used to being slow. I've always been a race day kind of guy, but I felt really good in training all week leading up to Val d'Isere and knew I had a shot to do something special there. It's extremely motivating to know that you can still find speed after a tough series of injuries.

Growing up in one of America's quintessential ski towns was a good indication that Maple would find his way onto the slopes. It helped that his parents, real estate manager Mike and architect Julie, were big time skiers. Plus, younger sis Alexandra is pretty good, too. She went the college route and skied for the University of Colorado…just like dad. Only when he was there they won a pair of NCAA titles. Solid junior results earned Maple a spot in the U.S. Development program in 2009 and he's been focused on World Cup ever since.

Maple, like his name, is the man with the wily hair. When not skiing, you'll find Maple running around hiking, biking, climbing and just playing in the mountains around Aspen or surfing the bowls at the local skate park. Aside from sports, he likes hanging out with good people and kicking back to a little classic rock or bluegrass.



First points, 29th, SG, Val Gardena, ITA, 2012
Debut, DH, Wengen, SUI, 2011

1st, DH, Val d'Isere, FRA – Europa Cup, 2013
2011 NorAm downhill champion
Three-time Junior World Championships Team member
2008 National Junior Championships downhill gold