Talented skeleton athlete Elise is just 1,55m but she has big goals.
When Elise grew up in Lausanne in Switzerland, she had no idea she would one day end up in Norway running down the frozen track in Lillehammer, head first, 5 cm off the ice at 130 km/h.
After going through a challenging time from ages ten to fifteen, Elise freed herself from depending her self-esteem on other people. Now she is a confident young woman who chose her own path in life and a career as a skeleton athlete. She doesn‘t care about being considered normal or fitting in and just does the things she likes and is good at.
Becoming a skeleton athlete
Her main supporters have been her mother and her trainer Snorre Pedersen. While her mother has been there for her from the beginning, trainer Snorre Pedersen defined her career by introducing her to skeleton. He saw her potential and the presumed deficiency of her small stature and realized she could excel in the sport of skeleton. Up until now the world-class trainer Pedersen is always by Elise’s side and coaches her together with Robert Heldt.
Goal: olympic gold
Asked about her start, Elise states, „I started skeleton because I wanted to try and stayed with it because I love it so much. Nobody could stop or force me to do it.“ Dreaming of becoming an Olympic star in 2022, she wants to finally overcome her underdog position as an undersized athlete and show the world that you can achieve anything you want!
Mini vs Mini
“I started skeleton because I wanted to try and stayed with it because I love it so much. Nobody could stop or force me to do it.”
- Elise Nilsen Barben
Norwegian Champion 2017
16th place junior world championships 2017
Norwegian Champion 2016