Date of Birth: 15/08/1991
Silver Medal, Men’s BMX London Olympics 2012
Gold Medal, World Championships 2012
Gold Medal BMX Australia National Championships 2011
Gold Medal Junior World Championships 2009
Gold Medal Junior World Championships 2008
Topping off an amazing year, in which Sam secured the 2012 World Championships and won a silver medal at the London Olympics, Sam has firmly entrenched his ranking as the world’s number one in the world for BMX riding.
His meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the BMX world has been as fast as he rides. In 2008 at the age of 17, Willoughby took out his first Junior World Title in China. The year also saw Willoughby record wins in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, all while completing his year 12 studies.
In 2009 Willoughby returned to Adelaide to defend his title in front of his home crowd. He did not disappoint and in doing so became the first rider in the sports history to win back-to-back Junior World Titles. In fact, Willoughby is the only rider ever to win two titles in the junior division.
Four months on, Willoughby would again create history by accruing the most points across the Elite Men’s season. Willoughby stunned the BMX world by beating a field including Olympic Champion Maris Strombergs in his first year as an elite rider. His April 2011 return to Australia did not disappoint with Willoughby winning the BMX Australia National Championship Finals, his first elite crown. His good form throughout the 2011 season helped lift Australia to the highest ranked BMX nation in the world.
In May 2012, Sam took out the 2012 World Championships in Birmingham. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Sam led from start to finish. At his first Olympic Games in London, Sam received a silver medal in the Men’s BMX.