Sam Kavanagh

Date of Birth: 
April 20, 1979
Hometown: 
Bozeman, MT
Height: 
5' 11"
Sport: 
U.S. Cycling
Twitter: 
@kavanaghsam

U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team

On January 1, 2005 while backcountry skiing in Montana, 2012 Paralympic hopeful Sam Kavanagh was caught in an avalanche that resulted in a severe compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula. While losing a close friend in the accident, Sam spent two days in a tent with his leg duck-taped to a shovel, dodging massive blood loss, kidney failure and life threatening infections in his leg fracture, before he could be airlifted to a hospital. After nine surgeries, including the amputation to his left leg below the knee, Sam received a prosthesis and continued his active lifestyle of cycling, hiking and skiing. Having always been a competitive cyclist, the dream of becoming a Paralympic Cyclist was born. In July 2006, Sam competed in his first U.S. Paralympics National Championship, and hasn’t stopped since. Currently ranked 4th in the world, won a bronze medal in at the London Paralympic Games in the Team Sprint.

Paralympic Cycling

    2012: U.S. Para-Cycling Team Sprint - Bronze Medal

    2012: Paralympic Road Cycling National Championships Time Trial Champion

    2012: UCI Track World Championships - 6th Place

    2011: USA Cycling Elite Road National Time Trial Champion

    2011: USA Cycling Elite Track Nationals

             •  First disabled male to qualify

    2011: UCI Track World Championships - 8th Place

    2011: UCI World Cup - 3rd Place

    2010: Paracycling Track Nationals - 4rd Place

    2010: USA Cycling National Champion

    2009: Paralympic National Champion

    The Speaker

             •  Personal Story

             •  Overcoming Obstacles

             •  Commitment & Dedication

             •  Life Perspective

“Sam Kavanagh’s story of tragedy turned to triumph is one that will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.  Through his distinct gift of public speaking, Sam’s story will make you laugh and cry – but most of all, it will make you respect his courage, admire his perseverance and appreciate his passion for life.  Sam possesses a unique ability to relate to his audience and will leave a lasting impression on anyone who hears his uplifting story.” 

- Matt Benchich, The Hartford