Sam Kavanagh

Date of Birth: 
April 20, 1979
Bozeman, MT
5' 11"
U.S. Cycling

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