Sam Kavanagh

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

U.S. Paralympic Nordic Ski 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 and skier, the dream of becoming a Paralympian was born.

Sam won a bronze medal at the London Paralympic Games in the Para-Cycling Team Sprint, and is now ready to trade the bicycle for a pair of skis and train for the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi.

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