Those who follow the results of Sun Peaks slalom racing phenom Elli Terwiel, already know about the roller coaster ride that Terwiel had this winter trying to qualify and race in FIS World Cup slalom events in Europe, while studying engineering at the University of Vermont and racing for her school at NCAA events to meet her scholarship requirements.
Terwiel managed to juggle all this travel, school and racing pressure with the quiet grace she so often exudes, and even though there were some rough turns racing against the best female slalom skiers in the world, Elli always held her head high through each World Cup event.
With four World Cup races under her belt, Elli returned to school and the NCAA Championships, helping her team claim their first NCAA Championship title since 1994.
Terwiel finished the season strong and claimed the Overall Nor-Am Slalom crown which guarantees her a FIS World Cup starting spot for the 2012-2013 seasons.
“The University of Vermont won the NCAA championships, which was a pretty big deal,” said an excited Terwiel. “As NCAA champions we get to meet the President of the United States. . . something as a Canadian I never thought I’d get to do.
“As well, I just finished the last Nor-Am race of the year and I won the Overall Slalom title which means that I will have my own FIS World Cup spot in slalom next season,” Terwiel continues. “I’m very excited and it was a great way to finish the season. I want to thank everyone back in Sun Peaks for all the support they have given to help me realize my World Cup dream.”