'I really appreciate the love': Skier injured days before Olympics back in US to heal
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Jackie Wiles, an Olympic skier who suffered a catastrophic injury just a few days before the Winter Olympics, is back in Oregon.
Wiles tore her ACL, MCL and fractured the fibula in her left knee while she was turning around a ski gate at the World Cup in Germany last weekend.
Prior the accident, Wiles was ranked seventh in the world in downhill skiing and had podium potential. The 25-year-old also qualified for the Super-G and Alpine Combined competitions.
Sunday, she plans to fly to Colorado and hopes to get surgery early next week, eventually starting the long road to recovery.
"I just want my fans to know how much they all mean to me, and the support, I've been blown away with all of the love that I've gotten," she said. "I didn't realize how many people back me up here, if feels really nice to feel the love, I really appreciate it."
Although it'll be tough, Wiles says she plans to watch the Winter Games from home, cheering on her friends and teammates. She faces about 6 to 8 months of rehab.