Meet Sarah Hammer, champion cyclist who will be competing for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Read her biography and see photos and a video of her below.
Sarah Hammer was one of the American cyclists who issued an apology today to China for arriving in Beijing wearing protective face masks. The other cyclists were Michael Friedman, Bobby Lea and Jennie Reed. Hey, everybody’s been talking about the smog in Beijing, they were just being careful.
Hammer is a favorite for the gold in the 2008 Olympics. Hopefully, this little faux pas will be forgiven once she hops on her bike and leaves her competition in her dust … with or without face masks.
Sarah Hammer was born on August 18, 1983 in Temecula, California. She is 24-years-old. She is 5′ 7″ tall and weights 135 pounds. She started cycling with her father, Cliff Hammer, when she was just eight years old. She went on to ride competitively in the Juniors at just 9-years-old. She won her first junior national title in 1995. She is currently ranked number one in the world.
In 2005, Sarah won the gold medal for the United States at the World Championships in Bordeaux, France. She’s the current World Track Cycling Champion, has won the World Cup Gold Medal seven times and is the track record hold in the 3K. She has won National Championship Cycling titles 20 times, is the U.S. National record holder in the 3K and the track record holder in the 3K.
She graduated from high school a year earlier and moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But she had lost her passion for the sport. She was frustrated with spending all her time traveling and not having a normal life. She ‘retired’ after the Juniors and sold all her training equipment. She took other jobs, but found herself missing the sport. She watched former competitors she had beaten winning titles and watched the 2004 Athens Olympics on television. She decided to make a comeback and revive her Olympic dreams.
Sarah is engaged to her cycling coach, Andy Sparks. She is currently working on her bachelors degree. When she’s not cycling, Sarah’s enjoys reading, hiking with her dogs and skiing.
“My punch comes from my thighs and my glutes. I always say that it’s my butt that gets me there.” ~ Sarah Hammer