Elisabeth Maier

Sport:Skeleton
Birth Date:Mar. 17, 1994 (age 26)
Birth Place:Calgary
Residence:Calgary
Twitter:@skellyelisabeth
Instagram:@skellyelisabeth

Too old at 14 to start luge, and to young to start bobsleigh, Vathje was encouraged to take up skeleton at 14 years of age after her father, Jeff, was on a flight with the Canadian luge squad. She quickly turned heads around the world, Elisabeth was fast tracked on the pathway to the podium. 

After winning a silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships, Elisabeth proved she was ready to carry the torch for Canada’s next generation of skeleton athletes after shocking the world by winning one gold, three silver and one bronze medal in her first year on the World Cup circuit during the 2014-15 campaign.

Elisabeth blasted onto the World Cup scene in 2014-15 with a silver medal in her first race in Lake Placid. She followed that up by winning on her home track in Calgary. Her rookie season was capped off with an impressive bronze-medal finish at the World Championships in Winterberg, Germany. 

She accomplished the first step of her Olympic dream by representing Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, just weeks after finishing third in the Overall World Cup skeleton standings.

After taking a year off to welcome baby Hendrix into the world with her husband, and Austrian bobsleigh pilot Ben Maier, Elisabeth is back on track – sliding for all of the mamas – and ready to charge towards Beijing 2022.

Outside of sport, enjoys mentoring junior high school girls and plays a little ukulélé. She married Austrian bobsleigh pilot Benjamin Maier in Hawaii following the 2018 Olympics.

Career Highlights

 

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2019 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN     4th
2019 – World Cup, Igls, AUT       6th
2018 – World Cup, Sigulda, LAT      
2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR       9th
2018 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI      
2018 – World Cup, Igls, AUT      
2017 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER      
2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA       6th
2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      
2017 – World Championships, Konigssee, GER       6th
2017 – World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR       6th
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT       5th
2017 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI       4th
2017 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER      
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN      
2016 – World Championships, Igls, AUT       6th
2014 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      
2014 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN      
2015 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI      
2015 – World Cup, Igls, AUT      
2015 – World Championships, Winterberg, GER      
2014 – Junior World Championships, Winterberg, GER      
2014 – Europa Cup, Konigssee, GER      

Olympic Winter Games Results

Season
Location
Result
2017/18
PyeongChang, KOR 9th

World Championship Results

Season
Location
Result
2020/21 
Altenberg, GER  18th (Women's) 
    10th (Skeleton Mixed Team)
2018/19
Whistler, CAN  10th 
    7th (Team)
2016/17
Konigssee, GER 6th
2015/16
Igls, AUT 6th
    8th (Team)
2014/15
Winterberg, GER 3rd
    4th (Team)

World Cup Results

Season
Location
Result
2020/21
   
 
Konigssee, GER 6th
 
St. Moritz, SUI 6th
  Winterberg, GER 6th
  Igls, AUT 5th 
    7th
2018/19
   
 
Calgary, CAN 4th
    3rd
  St. Moritz, SUI 15th
  Igls, AUT 6th
  Altenberg, GER 11th
  Winterberg, GER 12th
  Sigulda, LAT 2nd
2017/18
   
 
Konigssee, GER 9th 
  St. Moritz, SUI 3rd
  Altenberg, GER 9th
  Igls, AUT 2nd
  Winterberg, GER 2nd
  Whistler, CAN  8th
  Park City, USA 6th
  Lake Placid, USA 2nd
2016/17
   
 
Pyeongchang, KOR 6th
  Igls, AUT 5th
  Konigssee, GER 14th
  St. Moritz, SUI 4th
  Winterberg, GER 1st
  Altenberg, GER 14th
  Lake Placid, USA 8th
  Whistler, CAN  1st
2015/16
   
 
Konigssee, GER 10th
  St. Moritz, SUI 11th
  Whistler, CAN 10th
  Park City, USA 6th
  Lake Placid, USA 12th
  Konigssee, GER 9th
  Winterberg, GER 9th
  Altenberg, GER 13th
2014/15
   
 
Sochi, RUS 6th
 
Igls, AUT 2nd
  St. Moritz, SUI 2nd
  Altenberg, GER 20th
  Calgary, CAN 1st
  Lake Placid, USA 2nd

Intercontinental Cup Results

Season
Location
Result
2020/21
   
  Koeniggssee, GER  10th
2013/14
   
 
Park City, USA  6th
    9th 
  Whistler, CAN  16th 
    16th