It’s official — Elli Terwiel is on the Canadian Alpine ski team for the 2012-13 World Cup season and the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Terwiel, who is from Sun Peaks, was one of 29 people named to the team by Alpine Canada on Thursday. Of the 29 skiers on the team, 10 are women.
Terwiel, who turned 23 last month, competed in six World Cup events last season, her top finish coming in December in Courcheval, France, where she was 23rd.
She earned her berth on the World Cup team by finishing first overall in the eight-race Nor-Am Cup series, which is the top skiing series in North America.
Terwiel told The Daily News in March that winning the Nor-Am Cup and getting the World Cup berth, “was definitely my biggest accomplishment” of the season.
Terwiel also skied for the U of Vermont, where she has completed her first year of the civil engineering program, and won an NCAA title in March. She was an All-American in both the slalom and giant slalom events, and was named the rookie of the year in her conference, the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference.
Terwiel is one of three new members on a World Cup team that includes nine racers who have won medals in World Cup or world championship events.
Erik Guay of Montreal will lead the men’s contingent after winning the world downhill championship last season. Guelph’s Erin Mielzynski, the first Canadian to win a World Cup slalom race since 1971, will lead the women.
The first World Cup event is scheduled for late October in Sölden, Austria, and the world championships will run Feb. 4-17 in Schmadling, Austria.