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Amateur Athlete: Local BMX Biker Speeding Her Way into the National Spotlight

Local BMX biker Sierra Samhammer is among the nation's elite for her age group.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 8:27 AM

MEDFORD -- Some of the best motivation is born out of envy. For local BMX Biker Sierra Samhammer, she began wanting to race when she spotted a classmate who had won an event.

"One of my friends brought a trophy to school and it was bigger than him, so I wanted one. My dad said we can come out to the track and try it," Samhammer said.

Things didn't go smoothly when Sierra started out, but she didn't let that stop her from chasing her newfound dream.

"I crashed going down a hill before I got on the track and so my dad thought I was never going to ride my bike again after that," Samhammer said, "But I got back up and I rode the track and I loved it."

She has worked her way up, competing with and often speeding past boys in the area. Samhammer is ranked first in the state for girls in her class. In the country, she is ranked 13th, just a few spots from gaining national recognition.

"I have some fourths, thirds, seconds. I've actually gotten two wins in Canada," Samhammer said, "My goal is to get a top 10 NAG plate."

A NAG plate is awarded to the top 10 racers in a class in a year based on finishes in national competitions. Samhammer has two events, and four races left to try and vault herself into the top 10 in the country.

Whether or not she ultimately finishes in the top 10 won't keep her from continuing to chase her dreams of racing.

"I want to become a pro in mountain biking and BMX. It's going to take lots of training and even when I don't want to train, I have to get up and do it," Samhammer said.

So, maybe in the future, she will win a trophy bigger than her and it will be someone else that's inspired by the size of it to chase their own dreams in the sport Samhammer is making her mark in.

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