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Daily Inspiration: Meet Samantha Soriano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Soriano.  

Samantha, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started racing BMX when I was 4 years old and until I was 14. My passion for BMX had dwindled significantly and I picked up mountain biking when I finally decided I wanted to quit BMX. I began with cross-country mountain biking, then transitioned into enduro racing, and then finally settled with downhill racing. I traveled around the World, racing World Cups and national races. I became the youngest woman to win Downhill National Championships at 17 years old and was climbing my way to becoming a professional mountain biker. My racing career took a turn when I struggled to find my passion for racing the next year. I finished off my 2019 season of racing with shoulder surgery, fully prepared to continue racing in 2020. COVID was almost a blessing in disguise for my career as I was stuck home riding my local bike park all summer. I was influenced to pursue a career as a freeride mountain biker and since then it’s stuck. My career took off and I found my passion for the sport again. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in Red Bull Formation for two years and have a segment in the new TGR Film, Eperanto. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not, but I think that’s what has made my career so fulfilling. I finished my racing career off on a rather sour note with shoulder surgery. Beginning my freeride career I broke my back filming a piece for my bike sponsor that I was extremely embarrassed to share that happened. Beyond those two physical things, being a professional athlete, no matter the sport, comes with its mental challenges. Fear and inferiority I’ve struggled with throughout my biking career. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a professional freeride mountain biker. I’m absolutely most proud of the work I’ve done to help bolster the female mountain biking community in Southern Utah as well as have a segment in a movie. I think the fact that I’ve made a career for myself at 21 years old is something I also am proud of which makes me stand out as an athlete. 

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I’ve devoted most of my winter to creating a women’s riding group in Southern Utah with my best friend Alexa. Beyond riding, I play 5 instruments and love music. 

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