Elli Terwiel, 2014 Sochi Winter Games Olympian, Takes on the Role of BC Winter Games Athlete Ambassador

Elli Terwiel, 2014 Sochi Winter Games Olympian, Takes on the Role of BC Winter Games Athlete Ambassador

Author: BC Winter Games/Saturday, February 24, 2018/Categories: 2018 News, 2018 BC Winter Games, Skiing - Alpine

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Our Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games’ volunteer bumped into an exciting 2002 BC Winter Games alumnus at Sun Peaks yesterday during an afternoon of intense competition. Elli Terwiel came back to her home hill for the weekend to assist, inspire, and encourage young athletes. She shared her memories of 2002, why the BC Winter Games are so important, and what might be next for her. 

BCWG Volunteer: Elli, how does it feel to be back at your home mountain? 

Elli Terwiel: It feels amazing! It’s a fantastic place. They have a great ski hill, great race hill, and I think they did a great job today.

BCWG: Where are you at these days?

ET: I’m currently in Bend, Oregon, working as a structural engineer. 

BCWG: What brought you back to Sun Peaks this weekend, other than the BC Winter Games?

ET: (Elli’s dad yells DAD!) My dad says dad! Ha-ha.

It was a fantastic opportunity. I was asked to be the athlete ambassador. I personally came to the Games in 2002 [to compete] so being able to come back and give back to the Games that gave me so much when I was 12 was a really great opportunity. 

BCWG: Do you feel there’s a bit of nostalgia happening while you’re here at the BC Games this weekend?

ET: Absolutely! It was kind of interesting timing because Kelsey Serwa, who was a teammate of mine in the Okanagan Zone at the BC Games just got a gold (in Pyeongchang), so its bringing back a lot of memories and thinking about the people who I shared the podium with and people who were my teammates here and how far we went after competing at the BC Games years ago. 

BCWG: Last question, what are you doing these days?

ET: I’m mountain biking, I’m skiing, I’m working as a structural engineer and trying to enjoy life. Thinking about coming out of retirement, maybe… 

BCWG: Oh really? So, will we possibly be seeing you again in another four years from now in 2022? 

ET: Total speculation at the moment but I’m pretty inspired. 

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