PORTLAND -- Jacqueline Wiles of Canby qualified for the Sochi 2014 Olympics over the weekend after World Cup races at Cortina d' Ampezzo, Italy.
The races were broadcast on a delay but the skier called her family right away with the news. Wiles, a rookie, finished 15th in the downhill to qualify.
She called me about 6 a.m., her father David Wiles told KGW, and said, 'Dad, I'm going to the Olympics.
Her brother Steele Wiles was equally thrilled about his sister's accomplishment.
I'm still adjusting to her World Cup status, he said. So to think of my sister as an Olympian is just mind-blowing.
David Wiles plans to travel to Sochi to watch his daughter race.
Wiles will race in the downhill and possibly the Super-G. The downhill will take place on Feb. 12 and the Super-G on Feb. 15.
Wiles won the U.S. championship in the downhill last year at Copper Mountain, Colo. Her U.S. Ski Team bio says she learned to ski about the same time she learned to walk, honing her skills at the White Pass, Wash., ski area.
In Italy, she told the Associated Press that the series of races there from Thursday through Sunday helped her momentum.
The 21-year-old Wiles is enjoying the repetition, too. As a rookie, all of the courses in Europe are new to her.
So there's a lot of nerves, said Wiles. That's been quite an experience. But I think I'm doing well with it, and I'm trying to keep my nerves under control and do the best that I can.
Usually, racers take a few years to study courses before they can really attack. Not Wiles.
That's pretty amazing, Alex Hoedlmoser, U.S. women's coach said. Because it's not an easy downhill.