Jesse Lumsden is a Canadian Olympic bobsledder and a retired Canadian football player, who played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders.
Born in Edmonton, Lumsden attended high school in Ontario, later attending McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he had a standout college football career, winning the Hec Crighton Trophy as most outstanding CIS player in 2004 and was invited to the East-West Shrine Game. In 2005, Lumsden was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks, but was released shortly thereafter. Following his release, he had a short tenure with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and in January 2006, he was signed to play for the Washington Redskins but was later released only to play with the Tiger-Cats once again. In 2009, Lumsden signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, but he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in their opening game.
In the spring of 2009 Lumsden was recruited to push-test for bobsleigh. He rehabbed his shoulder, and while not cleared to resume football, he was able to make his international bobsleigh debut in November 2009, winning a Europa Cup event with Pierre Lueders. Jesse took part in the Vancouver 2010 winter olympics as a member of the Lueders team finishing fifth in both the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events. After Vancouver 2010, Lumsden signed with the Calgary Stampeders, which would allow him to continue to pursue his bobsleigh career. He played three games, before suffering a torn left ACL which ended his season.
In May 2011, he retired from football to focus full-time on bobsleigh. He moved into the sled piloted by Olympic bronze medallist Lyndon Rush and together they won two-man silver at the 2012 World Championships. They also won the 2012-13 overall World Cup title in the two-man event. After Sochi 2014, Lumsden took an extended break from bobsleigh to rest his body and start thinking about life after sport. He returned to the World Cup circuit in the fall of 2016. He pushed Justin Kripps to a two-man silver at Lake Placid that December before the duo won two-man silver at the 2017 World Championships in Königssee, Germany for Canada’s first men’s world bobsleigh medal since 2012. At PyeongChang 2018, Lumsden finished sixth in the four-man event with Kripps and seventh in the two-man event with Nick Poloniato.
Outside of bobsledding, Jesse works as a business development lead for a private equity group. He enjoys fly fishing, hunting, archery, and camping. He has also done TV commentary for Canadian university football.