Biography:

Jasmin Glaesser’s first international competition for Canada was the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara where she won gold in the team pursuit with Laura Brown and Steph Roorda, just a month after receiving her Canadian citizenship. She went on to win bronze in the inaugural women’s Olympic team pursuit at London 2012 with Tara Whitten and Gillian Carleton. She was the lone member of that squad to compete in the team pursuit at Rio 2016, winning another bronze medal alongside Allison Beveridge, Kirsti Lay, Georgia Simmerling and Laura Brown, setting a national record in the process. Prior to being eligible to represent Canada, Glaesser travelled to the 2010 UCI World Championships so she could get a feel for the atmosphere at a major event. That experience proved to be a huge help. Glaesser has since stood on the team pursuit podium at the 2012, 2013, 2014,  2015 and 2016 UCI World Championships. She has also captured three world championship medals (two silver, one bronze) in the non-Olympic points race. With four medals, Glaesser was one of Canada’s most decorated athletes at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. She won team pursuit gold and omnium silver at the velodrome before getting on her road bike to win gold in the road race along with silver in the time trial. Glaesser’s road racing experience includes the 2013 Giro d’Italia and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She finished ninth in the time trial at the 2015 Tour of California.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Uwe and Andrea Glaesser… Brothers Marcel and Timon… Left Germany at age eight to move to Seattle for a year before settling Vancouver… Received Canadian citizenship in September 2011… Getting into the Sport: Started cycling in 2009 at age 17… Did road and track at the same time because of the velodrome in Burnaby… Ran track and cross-country in high school but needed a new sport after some injuries… Loves the atmosphere inside a velodrome with the adrenaline of the athletes and spectators… Outside Interests: Studying computer sciences part time at Simon Fraser University… Enjoys practicing yoga, being outdoors, rock climbing, hiking, and general adventuring… Odds and Ends: Game day routine includes listening to the same song before a race… Nickname: Jazzy…