Aussie downhiller Sam Hill is a three-time winner of the UCI World Downhill Championships, taking the title in 2006 and 2007 for the Iron Horse racing team, and in 2010 in Mont Saint Anne, this time riding for the Monster Energy Specialized team. He also topped the overall standings of the 2007 and 2009 UCI Elite Mens Downhill World Cup series. In December 2012 it was announced that Hill had signed for the Chain Reaction Cycles/Nukeproof team. His 2013 season started well, as he dominated the Australian National Downhill MTB Series, winning all three rounds. He also performed solidly in the World Cup series with third-placed finishes in round 3 in Vallnord, and round 4 in Mont Sainte Anne, and he finished the season in eighth place overall. Born on 21st July 1985 in Glen Forest, Western Australia, Sam began riding mountain bikes at the age of two. At nine, he was already participating in competitive mountain bike events, but it wasn't until the age of twelve that he experienced downhill for the first time and he quickly fell in love with the sport. At 16, he placed third at the Vail World Championships in the Under-19 division. The next year, he captured the junior World Championship, and he defended the title in 2003. Ten years on, Sam remains one of the most exciting and feared competitors in modern downhill mountain biking, and is particularly well-known for his skill in riding fast, steep, courses in cold and treacherous conditions.
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