Jacqueline Wiles will make her Olympic debut for the U.S. in Sochi, where she will compete for a start in the women’s downhill and super-G. The four U.S. positions will be determined after the three training runs. Wiles cut her teeth on the continental circuit and moved her way up to the World Cup full-time this season, where she has made steady progress.
- 2013: U.S. National Championships – Gold (downhill)
- 2012: U.S. National Championships – Gold (downhill)
Things to know:
1. Wiles grew up racing in the Pacific Northwest. Her family would take weekend ski trips to Mount Hood. She and her brother, Steele, fell so in love with the sport that they joined the local White Pass Ski Club, which was a more-economical option than private lessons. She says she developed her need for speed from chasing Steele around the mountain.
2. Last season, Wiles won the super-G title on the NorAm Cup circuit and finished second in the downhill and overall standings to Olympic teammate Julia Ford. She has been a regular on the World Cup circuit this season, with her best finish coming in the first downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, where she was 15th.
3. Off the slopes, Wiles’ preferred modes of transportation are bikes. She’s been known to cruise around on road, mountain, and stationary bikes as well as motorcycles.