2018 Olympics
Days
78
Hours
2
Mins
30
Secs
15

Alysia Rissling

Sport:Bobsleigh
Height:180cm
Weight:77kg
Birth Date:Nov. 16, 1988 (age 29)
Birth Place:Edmonton
Residence:Edmonton
Twitter:@alysiairssling
Instagram:@rizzbobsleigh

Alysia Rissling was destined to excel in high-performance sport. Growing up in Edmonton, Alysia was surrounded by a family full of hockey players. Her Godfather played in the NHL, her dad played pro in Europe, and her little bro was a standout with the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL before heading to the NHL’s farm system.

For Alysia, her competitive nature was found on the basketball court for five years at the University of Alberta until she caught wind of many track and field athletes being recruited to bobsleigh. Immediately interested in the sport, Alysia parked it in the back of her brain until she completed her scholarship and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree. The following year, the idea of bobsleigh kept dominating her thoughts so she did try out for the provincial team. Next thing she knew her bags were packed and she moved south to Calgary eight weeks later.

Alysia’s progression in the sport has been steady since starting as a brakemen in 2012. She took to the driving seat the following year and is one of Canada’s most promising pilots. Alysia had a standout rookie season on World Cup circuit last year as a pilot, winning the bronze medal at the World Cup test event in Pyeongchang.

When not mastering her trade on tracks around the world, Alysia is a natural athlete who boasted scholarships in basketball, track and field, soccer and volleyball. A self-described sports junkie, Alysia loves snowboarding, surfing, playing slo-pitch, beach volleyball and all watersports. When not playing, she’s watching hockey, football and baseball religiously. She is also a Fast and Female ambassador and Classroom Champions mentor.

Career Highlights

  • 2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 7 
  • 2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 7
  • 2017 – World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR: 3
  • 2017 – World Championships, Konigssee, GER: 6
  • 2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 5
  • 2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 4
  • 2016 – World Championships, Igls, AUT: 13
  • 2015 – World Cup, Calgary: 11
  • Six career North America’s Cup gold medals
  • Overall points champion on the 2014-15 North America’s Cup
  • Second place in the 2015-16 overall North America’s Cup

World Championship Results

  • 2017 – World Championships, Konigssee, GER: 6
  • 2017 – World Championships, Igls, AUT: 13

World Cup Results

  • 2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 7 
  • 2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 7
  • 2017 – World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR: 3
  • 2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 9
  • 2017 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 9
  • 2017 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER: 11
  • 2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 5
  • 2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 4