February 06, 2014 - 9:34 AM
KAMLOOPS — Elli Terwiel is in Austria this week while she and the other members of the alpine ski team prepare for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Sun Peaks skier says she was both excited and relieved to be named to the team last week after suffering from a minor concussion mid-December.
“There is a lot of anticipation before the naming and it was great to actually know for sure that this dream of mine is coming true,” she says. “I was fairly confident that I would still (make the team) despite the setback because of the way I was skiing prior to it.”
Terwiel finished just out of the top-10 in World Cup racing in Finland in November and was 17 in both Slovenia and Austria last January. She also finished in third in the Canadian championships last year.
The Olympic games begin in three days and while she hasn't arrived in Sochi just yet, her event is close to the end of the games so she says she'll watch the opening ceremonies on TV like everyone else back home.
“I am expecting it to be like Whistler (Vancouver Olympics)... Takes a long time to go anywhere as you clear multiples rounds of security,” Terwiel says of her expectations. “I imagine (Russia, residents of Sochi) will be feeling the same wonder and pride that we felt during our games. Can't wait to get there!”
Terwiel will head to Sochi on Valentine's Day and will get to ski in front of her parents, brother and boyfriend during the slalom event the last week of the games.
“I don't expect to see them prior to my event,” she notes. “I'll just follow the Canadian flags once I finish my race!”
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