Elisabeth Micheler Jones - German

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Member of the World Paddle Awards Academy

With an impressive track record in kayak slalom Elisabeth Micheler Jones raced at 2 Olympic Games (gold at Barcelona 1992, 10th Atlanta 1996), she was twice World Champion (1987 K1 team, 1991 K1), double World bronze medallist (1987 K1, 1995 K1 team), plus she podiumed in K1 team at the 1996 Europeans with a silver.

Elisabeth competed at first for West Germany until 1990, then for Germany - she was the first canoeing medal for unified Germany with her win in K1W at the 1991 World Championship in Tacen, Slovenia.

Elisabeth's husband is also well-known in the slalom world; he is none other than British ex-slalomist Melvyn Jones who won 2 Team World Championship golds (1987, 1983) in the same discipline, K1, as his wife – he also competed at the same Olympics as her in Barcelona finishing 7th.

Both of Elisabeth's daughters are aspiring young paddlers too – Selina was 2nd in K1W Team at the 2013 Junior World Championships for Germany. Elisabeth, Melvyn and one of their daughters were seen in the crowd watching the London 2012 Olympic slalom competition!

Apart from her gold-winning slalom experience, Elisabeth's expertise lends itself to coaching and training; she is Head Coach for canoe slalom development at Augsburg, she was coached such top-ranked paddlers as Melanie Pfeifer (K1W Team European Champion 2010, 2012, World Championship Bronze 2011) and Alex Grimm (K1M Olympic Gold 2008, 3 x K1M Team World Champion 2007, 2010, 2011).

Augsburg has an incredible Olympic track record producing 4 Champions and 1 silver so far: Elisabeth herself (gold 1992), Oliver Fix (gold 1996) Thomas Schmidt (gold 2000), Alexander Grimm (gold 2008) and Sideris Tasiadis (silver London 2012).

Elisabeth, similar to German-Italian paddler Josefa Idem, established a political career after her elite paddling days; she became Augsburg City Counsellor responsible for local sport in 2008, her role nestled under the Department of Health, Youth and Sport - she was instrumental in bringing the inaugural World Paddle Awards ceremony to Augsburg in 2015.

Still kayaking, Elisabeth is a keen climber, skier and runner; she brings a highly-acclaimed paddling, coaching, sport development and policy-making career to the Academy.

 

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