Innsbruck (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Benjamin Maier from Austria, 2021 World Championships runner-up and overall World Cup runner-up in the 4-man bobsleigh, is ending his career as an athlete. As reported by the Austrian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation ÖBSV, the 28-year-old had informed national coach Wolfgang Stampfer about his decision. "He already has many years as an athlete behind him, but in terms of his age he could easily have continued until the next Olympic Games. For us, this is a bitter loss", Stampfer said in the announcement of the federation. According to the report, Benjamin Maier is now planning to study medicine.
Benjamin Maier won silver at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck on his home track in Innsbruck-Igls. In addition to World Championships and World Cup silver, the Austrian won four European Championship medals and 18 podium places in the BMW IBSF World Cup. He finished fifth in the 2-man bobsleigh at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
In general, the sport of bobsleigh and skeleton plays a major role in the Maier family: father Manfred Maier is the development programme coordinator at the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF. Brother Samuel is a skeleton athlete and took his first podium place in the BMW IBSF World Cup in Innsbruck in 2021 with third place. Brother Raphael (29) was also active in the sport of skeleton and was the youngest coach in the BMW IBSF World Cup 2021/2022 as coach of the Belgian Kim Meylemans. Benjamin Maier is married to the former Canadian skeleton athlete Elisabeth Maier (née Vathje). The two have a son together.