2022 Olympics
Days
63
Hours
15
Mins
43
Secs
30

Melissa Lotholz

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Pilot
Birth Date:Dec. 2, 1992 (age 29)
Birth Place:Barrhead, Alta.
Residence:Edmonton, AB
Twitter:@melLotholz
Instagram:@melLotholz
Website:mellotholz.com

Melissa grew up on a family farm in Barrhead that was her great-grandpa’s homestead. The farm has been in the family since 1932 – a place that provided Melissa and her sister endless unique learning opportunities and experiences. 

A gifted athlete, Melissa first entertained getting involved in bobsleigh in 2011 when her track and field partner, Christine de Bruin gave the sliding sport a try. Watching Christine transition into bobsleigh encouraged Melissa to give it a try for herself. Melissa attended a recruitment camp in 2013 while competing on the varsity track squad at the University of Alberta. Posting solid testing numbers, Melissa began training for bobsleigh in 2014, and made the move to Calgary where she earned an opportunity during the national training camp to push two-time Olympic champion, Kaillie Humphries.         

During her rookie year, Melissa pushed Kaillie Humphries to three podium finishes. Melissa pushed Kaillie to nine podium finishes in as many races in 2015-16 to secure the overall World Cup title. The Canadian duo won four World Cup races, had three silver medals (including at the World Championships), and two bronze. Splitting time pushing Humphries and pilot Alysia Rissling,  Melissa landed on the podium four times including a silver-medal finish with Team Humphries at the 2017 World Championships in Konigssee, Germany. In the 2017-18 season, Melissa once again partnered with Humphries to win two golds and one silver, bringing her international medal tally to 19 (17 World Cup, two World Championship medals). She also has two overall World Cup titles along with two second place finishes on the overall World Cup. Melissa also slid into the history books in 2017 when she was part of the first ever women’s four-man sled to compete on the World Cup. 
                                                 
At the recruitment camp in 2013, Melissa participated on a CBC show coined “the Future of Canadian Bobsleigh” as a potential recruit for the 2018 Games. That dream became a reality in PyeongChang when she reunited with Christine de Bruin in the Canadian sled. The varsity teammates and friends finished seventh in their Olympic debut.
Weeks after returning from Korea, Melissa headed to Lake Placid to take part in bobsleigh driving school. Like her varsity track teammate De Bruin, Melissa is now in the pilot position in the sled, developing as a pilot in the Canadian program on the North America’s Cup and Europe Cup circuits.

A very active athlete growing up, Melissa has participated in figure skating, basketball, volleyball and track and field. She was recruited to the U of A varsity track program, but first attended the music program at Vanguard Bible College in Edmonton. During this time, she did a year of club track before officially joining the U of A where she studied Nutrition and Food Science with a minor in physical activity for three years. She was highly involved with the Athletes in Action campus ministry at the U of A. Melissa intends to return to university to complete her degree when she is finished with bobsleigh.

Outside of sport, Melissa fills her time with family and friends. She enjoys being outside, cooking, playing piano, journaling, watching movies and playing games. She is also highly involved with the local church community and loves getting to know new people and their stories.
 

Career Highlights

Women's Monobob​

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2021 - Women's Monobob World Series, Igls, AUT      
2021 - Women's Monobob World Series, Konigssee, GER       5th
2021 - Women's Monobob World Series, Igls, AUT       
2019 - Women's Monobob Event, Konigssee, GER       
2019 - Women's Monobob Event, Lake Placid, USA        4th
2019 – Women’s Monobob Event, Calgary, CAN      

Pilot 

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2021 - Europe Cup, Igls, AUT        4th 
2019 - Europe Cup, Igls, AUT       14th
2019 - World Cup, Igls, AUT       15th

Brakewoman​

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN    

 

14th 2woman
2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR       7th 2woman
2017 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER       4th 2woman
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN      
2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA        
2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      
2017 – Overall World Cup Standings      
2017 – World Championships, Koenigssee, GER      
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT      
2017 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI      
2017 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER      
2016 – Overall World Cup Standings      
2016 – World Cup, Koenigssee, GER      
2016 – World Championships, Igls, AUT      
2016 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI      
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN      
2016 – World Cup, Park City, USA      
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      
2015 – Overall World Cup Standings      
2015 – World Cup, Koenigssee, GER      
2015 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER      
2015 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER      
2015 – World Cup, La Plagne, FRA      
2015 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS      
2015 – World Championships, Winterberg, GER       7th 2woman
2014 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER      

Olympic Winter Games Results

Brakewoman

Season
Location
Discipline,
Result
Crew
2017/18
Pyeongchang, KOR 2woman 7th De Bruin, Lotholz

World Championship Results

Monobob

Season
Location
Discipline,
Result
2020/21
Altenberg, GER Monobob 7th

Brakewoman 

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19
Whistler, CAN 2woman 14th Hol, Lotholz
2017/18
Koenigssee, GER 2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
    Team 9th Martineau, Kripps, Rahneva, Humphries, Coakwell, Lotholz
2016/17
Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
2015/16
Winterberg, GER 2woman 7th Humphries, Lotholz

 

World Cup Results

Pilot 

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2021/22
       
  Igls, AUT 2woman 11th Lotholz Voss
    Monobob 11th  
    2woman 9th Lotholz, Villani
    Monobob 5th  
2020/21
       
  Igls AUT  2woman  5th  Lotholz, Villani 
  Konigssee, GER 2woman 15th Lotholz, Voss
2019/20
       
 
Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 15th Lotholz, McCue

 

Brakewoman​

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19 
Calgary, CAN 2woman 12th Hol, Lotholz
2017/18
St Moritz, SUI 2woman 14th De Bruin, Lotholz
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 4th Humphries, Lotholz
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
  Park City, USA 2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
2016/17
       
 
Pyeongchang, KOR 2woman 5th Humphries, Lotholz
  Innsbruck, AUT  2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
    4man 29th Humphries, Lotholz, Lee, Appiah
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 9th Rissling, Lotholz
  St Moritz, SUI 2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
  Altenberg, GER 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 4th Rissling, Lotholz
2015/16
       
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
  St Moritz, SUI 2woman 3rd Humphries, Lotholz
    4man 28th Humphries, Lotholz, Lee, Appiah
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
  Park City, USA 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
    4man 21st Humphries, Thibault, Appaih, Lotholz
    4man 21st Humphries, Thibault, Appaih, Lotholz
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
    4woman 17th Humphries, Thibault, Appaih, Lotholz
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 3rd Humphries, Lotholz
  Altenberg, GER 2woman 1st Humphries, Lotholz
2014/15
       
 
Sochi, RUS  2woman 2nd Humphries, Lotholz
  Innsbruck. AUT 2woman 6th Humphries, Lotholz
  La Plagne, FRA 2woman 3rd Humphries, Lotholz
  St Moritz, SUI 2woman 7th Humphries, Lotholz
  Altenberg, GER 2woman 3rd Humphries, Lotholz
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 5th Humphries, Lotholz​