Aspen's comeback kid: Wiley Maple wins Europa Cup

By Real Aspen
Real AspenJanuary 23, 2013
Aspen skier Wiley Maple claimed an improbable victory at the Europa Cup today, coming all the way back from 34th place to first.

Wiley Maple
File photo from U.S. Ski Team
Maple bested Switzerland's Ralph Weber by .12 of a second to win the race held in Val d'Isere, France.

It wasn't just a thrilling comeback on the mountain. It was a thrilling comeback for Maple's career. He had his ACL repaired last spring.

"It was a long and pretty painful rehab," Maple told, "particularly not being able to ski in the early season. And when I did get back on snow I was slow. I'm not use to being slow. ... I've always been a race day kind of guy, but I felt really good in training all week and knew I had a shot to do something special here."

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