Wiley Maple

October 16, 2017

I grew up in Aspen, Colorado and started ski racing for the Aspen Valley Ski/ Snowboard Club at age 9. I was named to the US Ski Team in 2008, the year I graduated Aspen High School.

06-2007: I won the Overall Junior National Champion title with a win in Downhill, 2nd in Slalom, 3rd in Super G and 6th in Giant Slalom. 

07-2008: I won the Surefoot Rocky Mountain Trophy Series Overall Downhill Championship and was named to the US World Junior Championship team competing in Formigal, Spain. At age 17, I was the youngest athlete on the US team.

08-2009: In my first season on the US Ski Team, I was the fastest US junior (under 20) Downhill athlete. Again I was named to the US World Junior Championship Team competing in Garmisch, Germany. I won the first Downhill training run and placed 6th in the race, the top US finish.

09-2010: I continued on the US Ski Team’s D Team, but struggled through a rough season of injuries. For the 3rd time, I was named to the US World Junior Team. I was the fastest US athlete in both speed events held in Chamonix, France with a 9th in Downhill and 14th in Super G.

10-2011: After a rough 2010 season, I missed 2011 US Ski Team Criteria, but was invited to train and travel full time with the US Ski Team’s Europa Cup Team. I started off quickly, winning the first North American (NorAm) Downhill race of the season. The win earned me my first World Cup start in Wengen, Switzerland. I returned to Aspen for the final NorAm Downhills of the season where I won again to lock up the NorAm Downhill Title. I went on to race World Cups in Chamonix, France and Kvitjfell, Norway. Winning in Aspen secured a spot for me on the US Ski Team’s B team and World Cup Downhill team for the 11-2012 season.

11-2012: I spent the entire ski season racing the World Cup Speed Circuit worldwide. I raced every World Cup downhill this season and narrowly missed the top 30 on countless occasions. I scored my first World Cup points in Val Gardena, Italy starting 61st in a SG and finishing 29th. I was an unbelievable experience racing all the oldest tracks in the world from Kitzbuhel to Wengen and everything in-between, I cant wait to see what I can do this year now that I have a little course knowledge.

12-2013: After a hard pre season returning from injury I won my first Europa-cup Downhill in Val d’Isere, France becoming one of only a few Americans to win in a Europa-cup event. I also competed on the World Cup Circuit through-out the season.

13-2014: Unfortunately I blew my knee in November so I took a full load of classes at Westminster College.

14-2015: I entered the season strong, moving from 61st to finish 22nd a career best finish in the seasons first World Cup. I headed to Beaver Creek confidence high but unfortunately dislocated my elbow on a recovery run the night before taking my out of competition for over a month. After a couple weeks attempting to get back up to speed I had another career best in Saalbach, Austria finishing in 17th. I finished the World Cup season in 47th. To close the season I won the US National Downhill title in Sugarloaf, Maine.   

15-2016: After a rough summer with no training due to a back and knee surgery- I was able to salvage the season with 3 top 30 finishes in Kitzbhule, Garmisch and Pyong Chang. Following the conclusion of the WC season I was able to defend my National DH title on home soil. Racing the 2017 World Cup Finals track in Aspen, CO. I am looking forward to a new season with no injuries to hold me back and am excited to see what I can accomplish.

Video Introduction:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2FfGZFHetc

Saalbach WC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycE4BNRXuoc

US Nationals SG:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8S8GGFLGzM

Just for fun video of Christmas break with the boys:

http://vimeo.com/18116372

 



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