Career highlights for Kiwi downhiller Sam Blenkinsop include a victory at the World Cup event in Schladming in 2008, and a second-place finish at the same venue the following year. His best season so far came in 2010, when he finished third overall in the World Cup standings. In 2011, he also secured a bronze medal at the World Championships.
Riding for Team Lapierre International, Sam was consistently strong on the World Cup circuit in 2013, finishing in the top 12 in five of the six rounds. Going into the final round in Leogang, Austria, a podium placing would have lifted him to third overall and matched his finish in 2010, but he could only come seventh, meaning an overall fifth place in the downhill standings.
Born on 28th October 1988 in Wanganui, New Zealand, Sam followed his friends into the sport at a young age, and hasn’t looked back since. Racing since 2000, he turned professional in 2006, and burst onto the World Cup circuit as a junior. His silver medal at the Junior World Championships in the same year suggested he was sure to have a big future.
Sam has a flamboyant style and laidback attitude which makes him stand out to team directors and fans alike. His type of riding seems particularly well suited to Crankworx Whistler - he won the Garbanzo downhill in 2011, and again performed strongly in 2013 with a runners-up spot in the same race, and a seventh-placed finish in the Fox Air DH.
- Age: 25
- Height: 1.84m
- Weight: 77kg
- Nationality: New Zealand