Steve Mesler

3-time Olympian, Olympic Gold Medalist

Co-founder, president & ceo of Classroom Champions

U.S. Olympic Committee, Board of Director

A 3-time American Olympian in 4-man bobsled, Steve and his team became the first Americans to win a World Championship title in 50 years in 2009. A year later, they won gold for the first time in 62 years for the U.S. at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. 

Having moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2003 to give himself the best chance to succeed - Steve was recognized as a leader that helped push his team to success. With that same push to succeed, Steve and his sister, Dr. Leigh Mesler Parise, founded Classroom Champions and have grown it into an international organization affecting change in classrooms and donating needed technology utilizing Olympians and Paralympians. As of 2017, Classroom Champions Olympians, Paralympians, and college student-athletes have mentored more than 19,000 at-risk students across the U.S., Canada, and parts of the Caribbean and Central America.

 "Be the person you would want to be inspired by. No matter what you do, kids are going to look up to you just as you looked up to others who were successful. Be that inspiration you wanted.”  

- Steve Mesler, speaking to MBA students at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management

Steve’s teaching extends beyond the schools of the world and into corporate board rooms where he was formerly a leadership development consultant. Having founded Shift210 Consulting - Steve worked with multi-national corporations to increase employee development, leadership abilities, team performance and community involvement engagement. 

Steve has keynoted executive conferences and national conventions from Vancouver to Orlando. He has spoken on communicating the Olympic ideals in Olympia, Greece, and sat on panels in Sochi, Russia and Dubai to discuss the future of organizations in creating peace through sport. 

Finally, Steve is a noted TV host and commentator. He has commentated on NBC-Universal from the 2009, 2011, and 2012 Bobsled World Championships and has co-hosted Calgary’s Breakfast Television morning show on multiple occasions. Other memorable experiences for Steve have been meeting two American Presidents, breaking the sound barrier in an F-16, teaching Stephen Colbert how to bobsled on the Cobert Report, dancing on the Today Show, taking hot laps around the Daytona International Speedway, and performing the Top Ten on the Late Show with David Letterman! 

 “Let the records show the Americans won by 0.38 seconds, their first bobsled gold in 62 years. Anyone who knew Mesler understood it was so much more. It was for everyone who appreciated the sacrifice and commitment he made, what pushed him throughout his childhood, what pushed him to push the sled.” 

- Bucky Gleason, The Buffalo News