Sam Willoughby

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Sam Willoughby
Personal information
Born (1991-08-15) 15 August 1991 (age 23)
Bedford Park, Australia
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
Team information
Current team Redline Bicycles
Discipline BMX
Role Rider
Infobox last updated on
16 August 2012

Sam Willoughby (born 15 August 1991 in Bedford Park, South Australia) is an Australian BMX cyclist. He competed in the men's BMX at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal on 10 August 2012 behind Māris Štrombergs of Latvia.[1]

Willoughby left his Adelaide home at age 16 with a backpack, a meagre bank account balance and his BMX bike for California. He stayed at the home of fellow cyclists until he earned enough money from winning races to afford a room in a motel. He won the junior BMX title in 2008 and again in 2009. Willoughby advanced into the senior ranks within two years of his arrival. He won his first senior BMX world championship in May 2012, which advanced his ranking to the number one spot in the world. Willoughby supports educating children about bicycle education through the Happiness Cycle.

In 2012, he won the Australian Institute of Sport Junior Athlete of the Year Award.[2]

Willoughby presently lives in San Diego. He is also famous for popularising the hashtag 'WannabeWilloughby', due to fans desires to actually become Mr Willoughby. This can be accredited to Willoughby's extravagant lifestyle.


  1. ^ "London Olympics: Strombergs defends men's BMX title". Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Dutton, Chris (17 November 2012). "Slingsby shares top gong with Coutts". Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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