Goldberg, Wiles Win U.S. Downhill Titles
COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 7) - Jared Goldberg and Jacqueline Wiles conqured the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain Friday to capture U.S. Championship downhill titles. Traditionally held in February, the premier speed titles were shifted to December in order to take advantage of the world class facility at Copper, which is operated by the U.S. Ski Team until Dec. 15. Goldberg proved to be the pace setter for the week after winning a pair of NorAm downhill races leading up to the championship event. Wiles danced with the top spot earlier in the week by taking third in each of the two warm up NorAm downhills before capitalizing during the big show. The remaining U.S. titles - super G, giant slalom, slalom and combined - will be determined March 20-24 during the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, CA.
- Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) and Jacqueline Wiles (Aurora, OR) won U.S. Championship downhill titles at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.
- Goldberg is a member of the U.S. Ski Team and Wiles represents the Western Region racing out of White Pass Ski Club in Washington.
- Traditionally held in February, the premier U.S. speed title was moved to December to take advantage of prime race conditions at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center.
- Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, CA) was second for the men followed by Tommy Biesemeyer (Keene, NY).
- Katie Ryan (Aspen, CO) and Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) went 2-3 in the women's race
- The remaining U.S. titles will be determined March 20-24 during the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley, CA.
When we got to Copper Mountain in November we had the best training in the world. We knew that because we were training along side some of the fastest guys in the world.
Being on this hill so much and being able to train with guys like Aksel Lund Svindal and Marco Sullivan really gave me a lot of confidence. I was within a few tenths of them in training and then I was able to score my first Word Cup points in Beaver Creek. It was huge for me to have that confidence and then also the experience of running so many trainign runs here at Copper. This is big and will definitely carry me into the rest of the season.
This is such a crazy feeling. Copper is an amazing hill. I'm lucky and fortunate to have been training here since early November. It's such a huge asset for U.S. athletes.
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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