Sarah Hammer

Sarah Hammer ( born August 18, 1983 in Temecula ) is an American cyclist.

Athletes career

Sarah Hammer began at the age of eight years with the cycling, on the initiative of her father. In 1995 she was the first time U.S. champion in her age group. In 2001 she was runner-up in both the individual pursuit at the Track World Championships as well as the U.S. Championships in the time trial on the road, each in the Junior Women. In 2003, she retired from active cycling, because they did not feel the pressure to perform grown.

Through the reports of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Sarah Hammer felt motivated again and returned to cycling. In 2005 she won two U.S. titles to rail and road, and won at several World Cup races. 2006 and 2007, she was finally twice in a row world champion in the individual pursuit, also 2008 Second. In 2010, Sarah Hammer win the world title in this event for the third time. At the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 she finished fifth in the individual pursuit. In 2009, she distinguished herself mainly in road racing; she won the U.S. tour North End Classic and Tour of Murrieta.

In 2010, Sarah Hammer world champion in the individual pursuit at the Championships in Ballerup near Copenhagen; they could repeat this success in Apeldoorn in 2011, they also took second place in the Omnium and there in the Team Pursuit ( with Jennie Reed and Dotsie Bausch ). At the 2012 Olympic Games in London Hammer won jointly with Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo, the silver medal in the team pursuit. 2013, it was in Minsk for the first time world champion in the Omnium and for the fifth time in the individual pursuit.


On 12 May 2010 Sarah Hammer set with 3:22,269 minutes in the individual pursuit over 3000 meters at the Pan American Radmeisterschaften in Aguascalientes Mexico set a new world record. It improved the old record of Sarah Ulmer at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens by almost two seconds. Hammer held until then the U.S. record in the pursuit, which she had last on 12 November 2009 improves on 3:27,514 minutes at the World Cup race in Cali.

A day later, on 13 May 2010, presented hammer together with teammates Lauren Tamayo and Bausch Dotsie on the same occasion with 3:19,569 minutes a new world record in the team pursuit. Thus, the U.S. women were almost two seconds faster than the New Zealand threesome with his world record during the Track World Championships 2010 in Copenhagen.


Sara Hammer initiated the establishment of the " American Women's Track Cycling Fund", supported by the young athletes.