Who is Sam Michener?
Hello my name is Sam Michener and I am on the United Stated Bobsled team. I am originally from Gresham Oregon, now I primarily train at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY where I am currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics. I attended Sam Barlow High School participating in Track and Field as well as Football. I was a 6A state champion in the 100 and 200 meter sprint and an all conference wide receiver. After high school I signed with the University of Idaho to run Track and Field. Over the course of my collegiate career I was a conference champion, a 6 time all conference award member, and a national qualifier in the 100m.
My success in college didn’t come easy, at the beginning of my sophomore track and field season I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. An elderly lady ran a stop sign and hit me in the middle of the intersection. I unfortunately suffered several injuries and was forced to miss the entire season to undergo surgery. Since it was unclear to the Athletic department if I was ever going to be able to run again, they informed me that they were going to cut my scholarship for the upcoming junior season. This was a difficult thing for me to accept because I worked very hard in high school to earn a college scholarship and I felt like it was unfairly taken from me. I could not blame them for cutting my scholarship, as at the time, I could not even walk. The last thing I told the athlete department was “I will be back next year, healthy and ready to prove to you that I still deserve my scholarship.” I spent the first 4 months of my recovery in physical therapy and another 6 months working in the gym to rebuild my leg strength. Upon entering my junior season I was able to take out student loans and was allowed to walk-on the team. After battling all season trying to find my speed I finally ran a personal best and qualified for NCAA Nationals in the 100m. Soon after I was informed that my scholarship would be reinstated for my senior season, through hard work and dedication I was able to overcome adversity and meet my goals head on. I still thank God for allowing me this experience and teaching me this valuable lesson.
How I got into Bobsled
During my senior season at the University of Idaho I was introduced to the athletic department’s sports psychologist who was on the Trinidad and Tobago bobsled team in the 80’s. He saw my unique combination of speed and strength and recommended that I try out for bobsled; I took his advice and gave it a try. In August of 2012 I went to a recruiting combine and scored well, shortly after I was invited to compete at the USA National bobsled push championships. Out of 50 athletes I placed 8th and was the highest placing rookie, I was then offered a spot on pilot Codie Bascues sled. Over the course of two of years we have won 14 gold medals and were ranked as high as 11th in the world at 4man bobsled.
What your generous donations will do
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Training, coaching, equipment, and travel expenses can run up to $15,000 a year, not including the long term costs of a deferred career. 100% of your donations will be used for my training. It has always been my lifelong dream to represent my country at the Olympic Games. Please help me achieve this dream. If you can’t donate, that’s ok. Please share this page on your Facebook, twitter, or any other social media.