Speed skater Steven Elm comes from an athletic family; his sister Selina was a former member of the Canadian national team for the sport and his mother Margaret is a Canadian record-holder in short and long track events in the 30-40 age bracket. Steven himself has participated in competitive speed skating since the age of 12, training with Jeremy Wotherspoon, crediting the celebrity of Gaétan Boucher as his inspiration, and competing in his first World Junior Championships in 1994. His first major medals came in 1997 when he won bronze in the 1,500 m and 5,000 m events at the Canadian Allround Championships and his first international podium finishes occurred within a year at the 1997-1998 World Cup in the same events. In 1998 he claimed the Canadian allround title. A veteran of three Winter Olympic Games from 1998 through 2006, Elm took silver in the team pursuit event in 2006. He held the world record in the 3,000 m event from 1999-2000, the same year when he claimed one silver and three gold medals at the 2000 Canadian Allround Championships. As of 2009, Elm has numerous podium finishes at World Cup events and Canadian Championships in addition to his Olympic Silver, but no World Championship medals, and is a student at the University of Calgary.
Personal Bests: 500 - 35.81 (2006); 1000 - 1:08.60 (2008); 1500 - 1:44.22 (2008); 5000 - 6:22.79 (2006); 10000 - 13:36.25 (2007).