Name: Samantha Heinrich
Current Residence: Spring Hill, Fla.
- 2015: UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, 9th (scratch);
- 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 3rd (time trial), 6th (road race); UCI Para-cycling World Cup - Matane, 1st (road race), 2nd (time trial); UCI Para-cycling World Cup - Cantimpalos, 3rd (road race), 5th (time trial); USA Cycling Amateur & Para Road Nationals , 1st (criterium), 2nd (road race), 2nd (time trial)
Heinrich is still new to the sport of Para-cycling, but that hasn’t stopped her from leaving her mark on the highest levels of the sport. After racing against able-bodied competitors in regional races, Heinrich traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, with her mom to see about getting classified in para-cycling and racing in the 2013 Para-cycling Open. Heinrich excelled, winning the women’s C5 road race and taking second in the time trial. The rest of 2013 was a whirlwind for Heinrich, as she went on to win three world cup medals and take bronze at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships.
Heinrich lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is a member of the para-cycling resident program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Heinrich was born with a bowed tibia in her left leg and had that part of her leg removed as a young child. The resulting leg length discrepancy didn’t stop her from running, mountain biking and dreaming of becoming a professional cyclist. When she was 11, Heinrich had a limb-lengthening surgery go awry that left her with years of crutches, atrophied muscles and a surgically stunted left leg.
Outside of cycling, Heinrich lettered in swimming and bowling in high school and earned a crew scholarship to the University of Central Florida where she rowed for two years.
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