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.
17th - Slalom - FIS World Cup - Flachau, AUT (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.
|Ski club:||Sun Peaks Alpine Club|
Best moment in ski racing: Coming 23rd in the Courchevel (France) World Cup this (2011-12) season.
Worst moment in ski racing: When I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), meniscus and received a terrible bone bruise in 2008 . . . missed the whole season and was on crutches for three months. Awful.
What one thing would you change about ski racing? The politics.
Best World Cup stop: Soldeu, Andorra, or Courchevel, France
Person you look up to most in ski racing: Didier Cuche
On your iPod: Everything. My favourite bands are Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin . . . strongly influenced by my dad!
Favourite movie: The Princess Bride
Hockey team (and why): Vancouver Canucks. B.C. team. But I only watch the playoffs.
Goals for 2012-13 season: Consistently come in the top 30 in slalom World Cups. I had so many close results this year!
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? My granny and grandpa.
Something no-one knows about you: I knit, make jewelry, sketch and try to complete Rubik’s Cubes in my spare time on the road.
Favourite activities other than skiing: Tennis, running, riding my horse and travelling!
Superstitions: Always wear lucky underwear on race days.
If a movie was made about your life, who should play the lead role? Obviously a Meryl Streep role.
What’s a talent you wish you had? Singing or being able to play an instrument.
If you weren’t a skier what would you be? Well, when I’m not skiing I’m attending the University of Vermont as a civil-engineering major, so I am on the way to being a civil engineer ( I plan on taking my masters of architecture as well).
Funniest thing you’ve seen in ski racing: Coaches taking up the challenge of skiing our courses on their coaching skis and boots. Makes for a good laugh every time!
Most embarrassing moment: While on a trip to Argentina with the Canadian development team (back in the day), we went to a very fancy dinner with the heads of a mining company who paid for our trip down south. Beautiful meal. I decided it was a good time to try caviar for the first time. I had the immediate need to gag as soon as it was in my mouth and with my eyes watering and the bathroom occupied I had to run outside to get rid of the awful stuff just as the heads of the company were walking in. The whole team got a kick out of that one.
Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, stubborn and goofy
Finishes in the top 30
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)