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Sochi Olympic Winter Games hopeful Elli Terwiel fundraising for national team fees
October 8, 2013: 

Terwiel leads dry land training session on Sunday at 3:00 pm in Sun Peaks

Suggested Tweet: Support #SunPeaks @elliterwiel #Sochi2014 dreams by donating at http://makeachamp.com/elliterwiel

Sun Peaks, BC - Sun Peaks local and Alpine Canada team member Elli Terwiel has her sights set on competing in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and is currently fundraising to help meet her goal. Donations can be made on MakeaChamp.com and are encouraged in person at Terwiel’s dry land training session this Sunday at Sun Peaks.
 
Coming off her most successful race season to date, with two 17th place finishes and a 23rd place finish at the World Cup level, Terwiel is heading into this winter’s circuit after her most productive training season yet, supporting her goal of representing Canada at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.
 
“I am the strongest and most powerful that I have ever been,” she says. “I’ve had very successful on-snow camps this summer where I progressed immensely in my skiing, as well as great success in the gym. I am skiing faster than I ever have before.”
 
At just 24 years old, her athletic journey is comprised of coming back from potentially career-ending injuries, being temporarily dropped from Alpine Canada’s team, balancing pursuing a degree in engineering with a professional ski racing career, all combined with the consistent need for fundraising.
 
Terwiel, who is currently an engineering student on a ski racing scholarship at the University of Vermont, has been fundraising to meet the $15,000 required to pay her national team fees to Alpine Canada. As she is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) her fee payments cannot include prize money or sponsorship dollars. Terwiel needs to race on the World Cup circuit with Alpine Canada to qualify for a spot on the 2014 Canadian Winter Olympic Team, and has turned to crowd-funding, along with support from her family, to pay the required fees. There are also additional expenses throughout the season, including some travel, the athletes are responsible for themselves.
 
During Sun Peaks’ famous Annual Turkey Sale, Terwiel will lead a pre-season, dry land training session as part of her fundraising on Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 pm in Sun Peaks’ village square. It will be a light, field workout focusing on mobility, leg strength and balance to help get everyone fit and mobile for the upcoming ski season. The Turkey Sale from October 12 to 14 has everything from skis and snowboards to outerwear and base layers with well-known brands at 40 per cent off in Bento’s Day Lodge, and up to 60 per cent off at other village retailers.
 
Terwiel will be enjoying her last visit at home prior to the Olympic Games between October 12th and 19th. She is happy to speak with the media during that week.
 
Donate at http://makeachamp.com/elliterwiel.

For more information on the Turkey Sale go to http://sunpeaksresort.com/events-and-festivals/events-calendar.

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About Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Resort is interior British Columbia’s largest four season destination resort, located 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops. Recently declared the 2nd Best Ski Resort in Canada and 13th Best in North America by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine readers, Sun Peaks offers spectacular alpine and Nordic skiing amidst three unique mountains which surround an intimate ski-through village. The community is both vibrant and welcoming. In warmer months, Sun Peaks offers a diverse range of leisure activities including 18 holes of golf, a legendary bike park, scenic alpine hiking as well as numerous sporting events and music festivals. Sun Peaks Resort was the first ski resort in North America and remains the sole resort in Canada to receive the ISO 14001 designation recognizing the resort’s environmental policies and practices. Sun Peaks can be accessed by two airport gateways - Kamloops (45 minutes) and Kelowna (2 1/2 hours) and by car, only a 4 ¼ hour drive separates Sun Peaks and Vancouver, B.C.

For further information contact:

Brandi Schier
Media Specialist
Tourism Sun Peaks
direct: 250-578-5387
cell: 250-318-3633
media@sunpeakstourism.com

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