'Team Terdiman' Cheers on Berwick Olympian at Winter Games

By Mark Hiller | mhiller@pahomepage.com

Published 02/12 2014 11:29AM

Updated 02/13 2014 09:41AM

Berwick, Columbia County -- All throughout Berwick, signs of support are visible for USA Olympian Jayson Terdiman. The 24-year-old athlete who once attended Salem Elementary School is proving to be an  inspiration to the entire community. "He walked these halls and it was wonderful. We're really excited that he is from Berwick and we may never, ever have another person from Berwick to go to the Olympics," said Salem Elementary School teacher Beverly Bull.

A display in the school lobby honors the hometown hero who made it to Sochi. "I don't know what teacher he had but I think it is pretty exciting," said 5th grader Liam Ruddy. For Terdiman to get to the winter games required great discipline which Mrs. Bull witnessed first hand. "We go to Lake Placid every summer and he was up there training so it was every summer he'd go up and train through the school year and so he really is impressing me as an Olympic athlete now. It's amazing." It's also a lesson for some impressionable students. "You never stop practicing because if you stop practicing you won't be very good and you won't make it," said 4th grader Keanu Lopez.

Salem Elementary is one of a couple of Berwick Area sites that held a viewing party to watch Terdiman compete. A pretty good crowd gathered at Reliance Fire Company to watch Wednesday's live computer stream of the double luge event. From students to adults, they're all part of Team Terdiman. "It's a kid from a small town who worked really hard to get where he is today and it's an inspiration to all of the students here," said Marc Nespoli of Berwick. Berwick Area varsity cheerleader Gabriella Cicerchia added, "We're a small town and, you know, it's just nice to have somebody be a good influence on us."  Berwick Area Senior High School teacher Scott Hook reflected on what Terdiman's Olympic quest meant to Berwick. "We needed something positive for this town all the time and this is a great thing for everybody to come together for."

Michael Corbacio is watching the Terdiman family's dogs and watering their plants while they are away in Sochi to watch a Berwick native son realize his Olympic dream. "Everything's all taken care of here. We're just hoping Jason does the rest," said Mr. Corbacio.

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