A slalom specialist from Sun Peaks, B.C., Terwiel had three top-30 finishes on the World Cup circuit during a breakout 2012-13 season. A full-time civil engineering student at the University of Vermont, Terwiel’s ski team won the USA’s NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) title in 2012. Athletic excellence seems to run in the family; Terwiel's grandfather, John Gossage, was a member of the Canadian swim team and her brother Justin is a professional downhill mountain biker.
11th - Slalom - FIS World Cup - Levi, FIN (2013)
1st - Slalom - Nor-Am Cup - Panorama, B.C. (2010)
1st - Slalom - Nor-Am Cup - Panorama, B.C. (2009)
World Cup rankings
New Westminster, B.C.
Sun Peaks, B.C.
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What is your first memory of skiing? My brother yelling, “Follow me, let’s tuck this face!” I blindly followed him in a full tuck down a run called Broadway at Sun Peaks, B.C., which is actually steep!
What has been your best moment in ski racing? Placing 2nd in the second run of the World Cup slalom in Maribor, Slovenia, during the 2012-13 season.
What has been your worst moment in ski racing? Tearing my ACL and all of the aftermath.
What is/was your Olympic dream? To represent my country and to ski to the very best of my ability.
What is the best thing about having the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia I think it will be a bit of a culture shock. I love travelling to faraway places, so I think that will be an amazing part of the Games.
If you could listen to one song before leaving the start gate, what would it be? It always changes, but it’s always high-tempo and energizing!
If you could bring any three people in the world - living or from the past - to one of your races, who would they be and why? I would bring my granny, my grandpa, and my opa, all of whom pasted away before I ever got the chance to show them what I do.
What’s a talent or skill you have that fans might be surprised to learn about? I just finished my second year of civil engineering at the University of Vermont. Also, I can solve Rubik’s cubes.
If you had just one day left to live, how would you spend it? I would bring together all the people I love and have an epic BBQ somewhere with amazing, warm weather. There would be lots of laughing, playing every game/activity possible and enjoying everyone’s company.
If you could own a business or be trained in any career other than ski racing, what would you choose? I am currently slowly working towards my career as a civil engineer. After I finish my degree I would like to earn a masters degree in architecture and work to create sustainable, creative, efficient buildings.
When I’m not skiing, you can probably find me: jazzercising (ha!), solving dynamics problems, listening to music, making jewelry, knitting, travelling to cool new places or reading house building magazines (such a nerd!).
What’s the best thing about your hometown? The weather is dry and hot in the summer and below freezing with super dry champagne powder in the winter. Gotta love semi-deserts for all the different seasons and amazing activities you can do during each of them!
Name the most surprising thing in your suitcase when you’re on the road: My pillow from home and my slippers. Or maybe all the knitting supplies I usually have with me....wow, I sound like an old lady!
Describe your favourite thing to eat or drink during race season: What country does it come from? The Austrian dessert Kaisersmarn, or European coffee. It’s just not the same here in North America!
If you could design your own World Cup spot anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Squaw Valley, USA. The hill has amazing weather and a great atmosphere. We were there for a NorAms this past spring, and with absolutely perfect weather we raced in the mornings and headed down to Lake Tahoe to play beach volleyball in the afternoons. EPIC!
Where is your favourite place to race or train? I loved racing in Are, Sweden, in 2012. It felt like Christmas and the town had a super cozy feel to it. Our hotel definitely didn’t hurt either! It had amazing food and was very close to the hill.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Teleportation. It would cut out a lot of travel time.
If you could build your dream home anywhere in the world, where would it be? My dream home will be in an area with tons of recreational activities nearby. I want to be able to go on a trail run or bike from my front door. There must be a lake nearby and definitely an amazing view to look out at! I really like summer months and winter, so good, year-round weather is also a must. I’m still looking!
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen a teammate do while on the road? During a hard summer of dryland training while we were on the development team, two of my teammates competed in a crepe eating contest to see who could eat a plain crepe off their own faces the fastest, without using their hands. We were all exhausted after sled pulls and had a bad case of the “fatiggles” (so tired you can’t stop laughing). It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen. We have it on video and it still almost brings me to tears!
Who is someone you admire in sport? There are many and they aren’t always household names. It seems I hear of a new inspiring athlete every day. I admire tenacity, dedication and success after overcoming tremendous odds. Those stories always make me want to go back to the gym and do an extra set or an extra run on the ski hill. I think every athlete has a remarkable path that brought them to their current position and if you sat and talked with any of them their story of success and failure would inspire and ignite you. There is no such thing as an easy path.
Finishes in the top 30
11th - Slalom - Levi, FIN (Nov. 2013)
17th - Slalom - Maribor, SLO (Jan. 2013)
17th - Slalom - Flachau, AUT (Jan. 2013)
23rd - Slalom - Semmering, AUT (Dec. 2012)
23rd - Slalom - Courchevel, FRA (Dec. 2011)
Canadian championship podiums
3rd - Slalom - Whistler, B.C. (2013)
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
28th - Slalom - Schladming, AUT (Feb. 2013)
Nor-am Cup podiums
1st - Slalom - Sugar Bowl, USA (March 2013)
3rd - Slalom - Panorama, B.C. (Dec. 2012)
2nd - Slalom - Vail, USA (Feb. 2012)
3rd - Slalom - Vail, USA (Feb. 2012)
2nd - Slalom - Whistler, B.C. (March 2011)
3rd - Slalom - Sunday River, USA (Jan. 2011)
3rd - Giant slalom - Sunday River, USA (Jan. 2011)
1st - Slalom - Panorama, B.C. (Dec. 2010)
1st - Slalom - Panorama, B.C. (Dec. 2009)