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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Friday, 07 February 2014 Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia

I have recently achieved my initial goal of $10,000 (amazing!) which will cover a portion of my team fees and the support has been incredible!!! Tourism Sun Peaks and Sun Peaks Resort Corporation have teamed up to try and help me fully cover my team fees as well as other expenses!  Tourism Sun Peaks and Sun Peaks Resort Corporation are offering a special experience for anyone who donates – a chance to ski BEFORE opening day! For all the details, visit www.sunpeaksresort.com/elli.  This is available to anyone who has also already donated.  If you would like to be entered in the draw please follow the link!

My name is Elli Terwiel.   I am from the incredible community of Sun Peaks, British Columbia.  I am an Olympic hopeful with a very strong chance of making the Canadian Olympic Team this season, with a little help from you!  The 2013 season was my most successful season to date, with two 17th place finishes and a 23rd place finish at the World Cup level.  At my race in Maribor, Slovenia where I had my second 17th place finish, I was the second fastest racer in the world on the second run, just 0.07 seconds behind the eventual World Cup champion, Tina Maze!(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpmKqUPdbzA) As well, this season I won races on the NCAA and NorAm circuits and finished 3rd at Canadian Nationals behind two World Cup podium finishers. It has not been an easy journey to get to this point, but perhaps that is why my success this season feels so sweet. Let me tell you a little about my journey thus far.  I made the National Development team when I was 18 years old after a steady progression through the junior programs.  At the age of 19, just over one year out of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, my dreams were crushed.  In a crash during training I tore my ACL, my meniscus, and received a bone bruise so bad on my femur that it resulted in not only crushed cartilage, but also a permanent dent at the impact point at the bottom of my femur.  I was devastated.  I was told I would probably never be able to run again and any career in skiing was in doubt.  After 3 months on crutches and a year off snow, incredibly, I managed to win my first NorAm ever during the second race of the season.  The year proved to be an emotional roller coaster as I had racing success, then managed to slip a disc in my back as well as a few other minor injuries (not unexpected after a year away from racing)  that lead to a good but very up and down year.  In the spring I was devasted to learn that the National Team did not want me back. 

When adversity is thrown at you it is amazing how you pick yourself up.  It made me realize once again how much I loved my sport and I decided to continue to pursue my dream of racing at the next Olympics.  I skied my first World Cup the next season and came 34th.  The next year I decided to accept a scholarship to the University of Vermont in conjunction with continuing to ski at the highest level I could.  That season, in addition to finishing (and loving) the first year of my Civil Engineering degree, I won the Overall NorAm Slalom title, finished 23rd in a World Cup slalom and my University team won the NCAA championships.  These results allowed me to make it back onto the Canadian National Team for the following season.  I have continued to pursue my degree in conjunction with skiing the full World Cup Slalom circuit,  and my slalom rankings are now 36th overall in the world, 3rd overall in  Canada and I am an NCAA double-team all-American. The icing on the cake is that I am half way through my degree in engineering as well.

This summer I have improved my results in physical testing and I am the strongest, and most powerful that I have ever been. I have had very successful on-snow camps where I have progressed a lot in my skiing; I am skiing faster than I ever have before.  My goal for this season is to represent Canada at the Sochi Winter Olympics.  I believe I can make it.  I have created this campaign to try and raise money towards my $15,000 National Team fees.  As an NCAA athlete I cannot accept sponsorship or prize money to help pay my team fees.  Right now my favourite "sponsors" are my good ol' Mom and Dad.  Any donations towards my Olympic goal would be GREATLY appreciated!