"Finally back on DH skis 17 months after my injury and starting to feel like a racer again! Thanks Portillo for the incredible training!"
5 Things You Didn't Know About Jacqueline Wiles
- 1. Northwesterner Jackie 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.
- 2. Jackie attended the Pilot Makers Advanced Flight Academy and recently flied her first solo flight!
- 3. In the 2016 season, then teammate Lindsey Vonn named Jackie the Lindsey Vonn Foundation's first-ever athlete ambassador.
- 4. Jackie has two World Cup downhill podiums to her name: third place Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, AUT in 2017, and third place again in Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA in 2018.
- 5. 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.
More on Jackie
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 25-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.
She snagged her first World Cup downhill podium (third) at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, AUT in 2017, and followed that up with another third place at Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA in 2018 prior to sustaining a heartbreaking knee injury in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER that would sideline her for the PyeongChang Olympics. Wiles, tore her ACL, MCL, LCL, POL, lateral Meniscus, tib/fib joint, and broke her fibula with perennial nerve damage, wrote on Instagram, "Finally back on DH skis 17 months later and starting to feel like a racer again! Thanks Ski Portillo for the incredible training!" It's natural for injured athletes to to have some uncertainty returning after such a long time away, but Wiles took it all in stride.
"Getting back on snow has been the most amazing feeling in the world," Wiles commented. "I had some uncertainty returning after such a long time away from the sport especially with a totally new reconstructed knee. Once I took my first run, immediately I was back in my happy place and all the hard word had paid off. I still have a couple markers to hit but I’m on my way to be back racing next season and I can’t wait!"
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. In the 2016 season, teammate Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) named Wiles the Lindsey Vonn Foundation's first-ever athlete ambassador. "I’m really lucky that I have such a great teammate as Jackie Wiles,” Vonn noted. “She needed help to be able to support herself this season, so I personally gave her money to be able to ski this year and in return, she is the first ambassador for the Lindsey Vonn Foundation.”
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.