Terwiel named to Canadian Alpine Ski Team
Sun Peaks ski racer Elli Terwiel has been named to the 2012-2013 Canadian Alpine Ski Team.
Terwiel, last year’s overall ladies’ NorAm Cup slalom champion, will join the team of 10 women and 19 men for the 2012-2013 World Cup season and the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
The speed demon credits her family for much of her success.
“My family has allowed me to always be motivated to go outside and get the work done,” Terwiel said.
“They taught me if you want to get it done, you have to put in the work to achieve it.”
There are plenty of perks that come along with being part of the national team.
Terwiel will have access to funding and athletic support from ski technicians and physiotherapists as she sets her sights on the Olympic games.
“My goal is absolutely 100 per cent to go to the 2014 [Sochi, Russia] Winter Games,” said Terwiel, whose Twitter handle is @elliterwiel.
“And, right now, it feels very achievable.”
Terwiel recently finished her first year of civil engineering at the University of Vermont, which she attends on an athletic scholarship.
She will return to the Vermont campus in September, but might take 2014 off to focus on her Olympic goal.
The national-team member thanked the residents of Sun Peaks for their support.
“It just goes to show anyone can do this if they put in the work,” Terwiel said.