KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Bend’s Laurenne Ross and Aurora’s Jacqueline Wiles have both earned downhill starts at the Sochi Olympics during Saturday’s downhill training run, the US Ski Team reports.
Wiles missed a gate high on the run, but still finished fifth to earn her first Olympic start in the downhill event, scheduled for Feb. 12 in Sochi.
“I came out of the start charging, but the third gate came up — there were a couple bumps,” Wiles said. “I wasn’t able to make the next right-footed double. But that kind of lit something in me after that, so I just sent it.”
Ross, who finished fourth, said she is feeling confident on her skis.
“I’m really liking this hard snow, enjoying the ice. Being a part of the downhill team will mean a lot to me,” she said.