Jackie crashes out of Olympics

Canby native suffers serious injury during fall
Staff report
Jackie Wiles after crashing.
Associated Press photo

Jackie Wiles had the Olympic Dream within sight until this weekend, when it ended in Germany.

Wiles, the Canby native, suffered a spectacular crash Saturday in the downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, the final World Cup stop before the Pyeongchang Olympics that begin this week.

She tore her left anterior cruciate ligament and fractured her left fibula and tibia, according to multiple reports.

Screams were audible in the television broadcast of the race. A sled eventually was used to remove Wiles from the course.

Lindsey Vonn, whose foundation financially supports Wiles, won the downhill by two-hundredths of a second for her 80th career World Cup victory.

"We're just all hoping Jackie is OK," Vonn told reporters.

Wiles, 25, is the third U.S. Alpine skier to suffer a serious injury in recent weeks. Travis Ganong, the only U.S. man to win a World Cup Alpine event in the last two years, tore his right ACL on Dec. 28. Fellow speed specialist Steven Nyman, expected to make his fourth Olympic team, tore his right ACL last month.

Laurenne Ross, returning from a severe knee injury last year, also crashed Saturday at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but managed to escape serious injury and skied through the finish under her own power.

Wiles, who competed in the Sochi Olympics, battled pain in her left knee in recent months because of a small tear in the patella tendon and severe tendinitis. But she appeared to have overcome the injury, finishing third in the downhill last month in Cortina, Italy.