Oregon alpine skier injured days before Olympic Games: 'It's a really rough day'

Photo of Jackie Wiles from the US National Team

An Oregon woman won't be able to compete in this year's Winter Olympics after she was injured Saturday during a competition in Germany.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Wiles is an alpine skier from Aurora. The Canby High School grad is one of four Oregonians who qualified to ski or snowboard for the U.S. team in South Korea.

Wiles lost her balance after skiing off the course Saturday at the final World Cup stop in Germany.

She hurt her knee in the crash and had to be transported off the hill by a helicopter.

"What makes this especially difficult, is that she was skiing so well," her father, David Wiles said. "Injuries occur in the sport, it is part of it. Skiers throwing their body down the hill on ice at 80 miles an hour, it happens. What is so brutal about this, is the timing."

Jackie was set to compete in her second Olympics.

"It's a really rough day for the whole team," said fellow U.S. competitor Lindsey Vonn, who won the race. "It was really hard to actually be happy and excited and celebrate because Jackie is in the hospital.”

Wiles is expected to remain in rehab for several months before she can back on the slopes.

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