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Jackie Wiles with her brother Steele and her father David after her first World Cup race. Photo courtesy David Wiles.

David Wiles suspected his daughter Jacqueline had serious athletic talent from the age of two, and by the time she was six he had proof.

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Izzy Hoffman of Lakeridge High has won her first two league races in slalom and GS. Photo by Mike Juliana.

The high school season racing is out of the starting gates and ripping into 2016 with hundreds of high-energy competitors and all sorts of crazy Mount Hood weather.

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Jackie Wiles grew up racing on Hood. Photo by Mich Gunn.

21-year-old local racing star Jacqueline Wiles has earned a spot on the U.S. Ski Team for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Carolina Maienza of Lincoln High races her way to first place in the slalom. Photo by Mike Juliana

High school racers from all over Oregon descended on Mt. Hood Meadows last week for a lively two days of racing, socializing and cheering on their teammates in warm, spring-like weather.

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Lindsey is out of the 2014 Olympics, but Ligety is in top form. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ted Ligety won the world Cup super combined race in Wengen, Switzerland today with the second-fastest slalom run and a solid run on the downhill.

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Sarah Tucker of Lake Oswego races to eighth place in the 25th and final Cato Memorial on Mount Hood.

The 25th Christine Cato Memorial Ski Race at Timberline on Saturday was as lively as always, with the usual goofy costumes, high-speed wipe-outs and good-natured cheers. But the event also conveyed a bittersweet feeling, because it marked the last running of one of the most popular high school ski races in the country.

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Yes, Lindsey Vonn is out with an injury. Yes, Bob Costas is pompous. And yes, Vladimir Putin is a tyrant. But none of that will stop the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month from being a highly entertaining spectacle. Here are three big reasons why.

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Glencoe High School racers display a widely-held feeling in this 2005 photograph.

This coming January, for the 25th year in a row, hundreds of high school skiers and their families will gather on Mount Hood to dress up in whacky costumes, ski fast, cheer each other on, feast on turkey and roast beef, and have fun on the mountain. It will be the final running of the Christine Cato Memorial Race, and a lot of people are going to miss it once it is over.

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Lindsey Vonn is pulling out of the Olympics due to a knee injury. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn's announcement that she will miss competing in the Olympics next month does more than just prove she is human.

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Jack Botti of Sunset took first in the combined. Photo courtesy of Mike Juliana.

High school racers were treated to a sunny day of racing on Friday, March 7 to end a challenging year on a good note, as the Jesuit girls and the West Linn boys defended their state championships with strong performances in GS and slalom.

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