Sam
Blanchet

Place of birthMontreal, Canada

Age28

Sam Blanchet became part of the GB Bobsleigh programme in the summer of 2016, having previously excelled at rugby union.

He made his GB Bobsleigh bow in his native Canada in November 2016, finishing sixth alongside Bruce Tasker in the first North American Cup 2-man race of the season. He then narrowly missed out on a bronze medal a fortnight later as he and Tasker finished fourth in Whistler in just his third competitive race.

Whistler was the venue for his World Cup debut in December 2016 as he and Tasker placed 19th in the 2-man. His first 4-man race followed in Altenberg in early January 2017 when he helped push Olly Biddulph to 19th in the third World Cup race of that season.

Sam made the World Championship squad in his first season on ice when he partnered Brad Hall to 28th in the 2-man competition in Konigssee and he ended that campaign with eighth place in the World Cup 4-man event in Pyeongchang.

He took time away from bobsleigh after travelling to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games as a reserve athlete with Team GB but returned to the sport prior to the start of the 2019/20 sliding season. He was due to be part of Hall's World Cup 2-man and 4-man teams for the World Cup season but an ankle injury on Europa Cup duty before Christmas brought his season to a premature end. 

Prior to beginning his bobsleigh career, Sam played professional rugby union for Exeter Chiefs and Bedford Blues, starring at wing, centre and in the back row.

Sam made his debut for the Chiefs in February 2012 while studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Exeter, where he also won full university colours.

He had already represented his country on the international stage before switching to bobsleigh thanks to a season with the England Sevens team on the IRB Sevens circuit. Sam featured in the Hong Kong Sevens in June 2014, helping England reach the final of the world’s most-famous tournament, and played five tournaments overall before accepting a 15-a-side contract with Bedford.

SAM IN HIS OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Ben Simons calls me Sambee, most people call me Sam or Blanch
  • Most likely to be spotted: Buffet late at night
  • Least likely to be found: Doing cardio
  • Me in three: Sarcastic nifty guy
  • Heroes: My mum
  • Random fact: I did an advert once for Paignton Zoo in Devon where I had to get my body painted as a cheetah and run around a rugby field. I think it's somewhere on YouTube
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would have tried another sport. I think I could have been a good rower 
  • Career highlights: Competing at the World Championships in my first season