Injury Update - Sam Hill

Apr 22, 2015 at 3:53
by Pinkbike Staff  
The most asked question on track all day long - Why isn t Sam Hill on a bike The truth was typically shrouded in secrecy but sources say he s irritated an old injury.

Following the news that Sam Hill wouldn't ride in the first round of the 2015 World Cup in Lourdes due to an old injury, it has been announced that the initial problem was worse than both Sam and the team thought. Earlier today Sam took to Instagram and told followers he'd had surgery not long after flying back from France:

bigquotesSo I just wanted to let everyone know the latest on my shoulder injury. I got some scans last week and found out the damage was a lot worse than I originally thought. My doctor got me in straight away yesterday for an operation and I am now on the mend. It's not how I had hoped to start the season out but I will be back faster and more motivated than before. Just want to thank all my amazing sponsors, my family and my fans for all your support. - Sam Hill

Unfortunately, this means Sam will be out for the next few races. We'll hopefully see him back in action later in the season. We spoke to team manager, Nigel Page to find out how Sam is doing and when he's expected to be back on the bike:

bigquotesSam has had surgery and as far as I know it went well so it's now just 6 weeks of recovery for Sam, and then another 6 weeks or so of rehab. Sam will be trying to maintain his great fitness he has worked on over the winter as soon as possible and his goal is to be 100% for World Championships in Andorra which is one of Sam's main goals for 2015. Depending on how his recovery is and the strength in his shoulder, Sam wants to try and make it back to racing for round 5 of the World Cup in MSA, that is a bit of long shot but is something he is going to try and work for. If that happens - great and he will use MSA and Windham to just get back up to speed and then hopefully focus on the World Cup finals in Val Di Sole, Italy where he has a history with that track he wants to rectify, and then try and regain the Rainbow stripes in Vallnord. He is pretty sore at the moment but I can tell you Sam is motivated to come back from this setback stronger and more determined than ever. - Nigel Page

MENTIONS: @ChainReactionCycles


  • 756 4
 Sam Heal.
  • 168 8
 Someone give that man a bike for the comment of the year!
  • 157 38
 sam ill
  • 22 11
 ^ i up voted you @RedBurn. you got this man.
  • 61 1
 f*ck sake I was really looking forward to seeing him destroy the field this season, how f*cking dissappointed am I?
  • 17 1
 Depending on your accent, Sam Heal may be the best fit.
  • 13 4
  • 18 0
 I wanted to see Sam and Gwin go head to head when both were stompin...bah....
  • 4 2
 Agreed. Comment of the Year!
  • 6 0
 Dam Sam please come back soon we need u to win!
  • 2 15
flag karoliusz (Apr 22, 2015 at 13:13) (Below Threshold)
 Sam Kill(em)!
  • 3 4
 Actually gutted, this is bush. Pure bush. He was flying at the end of last season, almost back up to speed.
  • 6 0
 Yet another reason for DH fans to be rooting for you, Sam!!! Hope you can still give us a few races this WC season!!!
  • 3 3
 wheres stevie im obviously out of the loop but he still injured or whats going on?
  • 56 3
 Missing the hasttags from the IG post ........ #illbebacktocollectwhatsmine #rainbowstripes #goldmedal ...... Mr Atherton ....... I believe this was directed at you.
  • 2 2
  • 45 0
 Hill, Peaty, Smith, just postpone the season.
  • 21 0
 Bryceland, Atherton, at this rate the only previous champion (cup or champs) in the running is going to be Gwin.
  • 9 0
 Seriously, all of these injuries just suck
  • 19 1
 Minnaar too
  • 5 2
 Maybe this means we will see new guys like mike jones on the top step of the podium. Still gutted we won't be seeing the legends duke it out though
  • 3 0
 I've waited too long for WC racing.Shame not to get to see some of my favoirites but I don't want to wait longer for this season to start. First round was great and I look forward to an amazing season regardless!
  • 8 0
 Maybe Danny will get something good going this year? I'd love to see the dude pick up another win..
  • 6 0
 Don't underestimate Bruni. He can take it if he rides consistently.
  • 3 0
 I think Sam would have been the one able to keep up with Gwin's time from split 1 to split 2 and may have taken the win in round 1..If Gwin wins the next 2 rounds, this world cup season is going to be boring...I hope Rat boy gets his speed back for the next round..if not..I hope Bruni, Brosnan or Gee wins the next round.
  • 42 3
 this makes me a sad panda :-(
  • 61 3
 You're a panda? Jealous.
  • 44 2
 What wheel size does pandas like?
  • 4 0
 Just watched the episode, makes it even more hilarious :-D
  • 3 0
 please stop getting distracted from sexual harassment awareness ozmike
  • 6 0
 You're a panda?

Laugh? I nearly cried. After 'Sam heal', 'Sam ill' and waki's brilliant 'nah' warmed me up, this panda business had me rolling. Top form on the funnyshit today.
  • 20 0
 That sucks, heal up quick man!!
  • 16 0
 Damn, I really wanted to see fit Sam Hill go up against fit Aaron Gwin! Heal up soon Sam!
  • 1 1
 When has gwin not been fit?The guy took training to another level!
  • 15 0
 I got tickets for fort William and I was so excited to see Sam Hill ride. Heal up soon!
  • 1 0
 you need to buy tickets to go and see the race??
  • 1 0
 Yeah, that's how they make money to cover the costs I think
  • 1 0
 ah i see, if they sold tickets here there would be like 20 people watching
  • 12 0
 After meeting Sam in person in Lourdes (I was lucky enough to exchange a few words with him, and I have to say that he showed himself to be a really accessible and humble man), I can now say good luck to him more sincerely than ever ! Heal up fast Sam ! I think we are all pretty excited to see you back in a few weeks !
  • 13 0
 I hope you'll be back by world champs boss. Heal up.
  • 12 0
 That means he won't be back for the next 2 races? This is sad. So sad.
  • 1 1
 Dang it...3-4 mnths at least,...usually, shoulders take along time. Think about how many different angles/rotation, and now place force upon each said angle. I had a torn labrum repaired. Long(proper) recovery, but that shoulder is now stronger than the other (altho other has had 3deg sep way back)
Take your bcaa's for quicker recovery, and lots of pool time once pt table time nearly over!
  • 9 0
 No sam hill, stevie smith, steve peat, and another bunch injured.. seems to be an exaiting season..
  • 6 0
 Hopefully next season bring a healthy season for ratboy, hill, gwin and all other comers! Want to see a battle royal with no excuses!
  • 4 0
 Well Sam was the inspiration for me to get into downhill riding. So I followed the suit and went out with a shoulder injury as well, hope I'll come back as fast as he does, 'cos he obviously will!
  • 7 0
  • 2 0
  • 7 4
  • 7 0
 awe shit!
  • 6 0
 Bummer! At least he'll be able to get after world champs.
  • 9 3
 unfortunately he's not Nukeproof...
  • 6 1
 The shoulder joint is the reason we can't have nice things.
  • 3 0
 I wish we'd just evolve already!!
  • 2 0
 Or become bionic. Bionic seems easier.
  • 1 0
 Bummed for Sam...but man..guessing this is still a reoccurring injury from Ft. Bill back in what? 2010 when he freight trained his demo over the rock garden in practice? He was bloody ripping mach 20! With the majority of podium/top riders out with injuries...goes to show the level that has to be pushed to be #1. Heal fast Sam, rooting to see the rainbow stripes on you in Andorra!
  • 8 7
 Makes the WC season suck without him on a charge. With all the big guns injured - Gwin may have an "easy" season. Sam is the one guy I love watching pull lines that no one else does.
  • 8 2
 I wish Sam were racing too, but there is nothing easy about being #1 no matter how many of the other riders are injured.
  • 7 0
 Very true, just that those top guys (Sam, Greg, Gee, Stevie, even Rat now, when 100% healthy are a consistent threat to the podium. Injuries and missed training hard opens up a few slots in any sport. Agree?
  • 3 0
 I'd say Aaron, Loic and maybe Neko are the only ones with much of a chance of picking up a win at this point, and Gwin is FAST. There's definitely less competition for the top spot right now.
  • 1 0
 Injuries are part of the game. If you don't risk em, you don't win. If you don't get em, you might win. But coming back from them is another game. If new faces fill the spaces left by injury, and get 'comfortable' with winning, how do you get back on them? That's tricky. Knowing you're the 'best' helps. But the best changes if you spend a year laid up. All things considered.. f*ck it, Sam is injured again!??! Bollocks. I want a stewards enquiry or something.
  • 4 0
 the main rider i wanted to see race this season Frown
  • 1 0
 What a bummer, was looking forward to him having a solid season looking fit and fast. I'd be surprised if he races anything this year except the last couple
  • 1 0
 Bummer, so many of the top contenders are battling injuries. Its a part of the sport but damn I wanna see the best battling it out all season long.
  • 1 0
 hope him a quick recovery, that's part of the sport, his positive energy, professionalism and focus always gave him resuts! Keep it going Sam!!
  • 3 1
 thats sucks Frown

Sam Hill you are the best
  • 2 0
 Wishing you back to flat soon Sam!
  • 2 0
 any idea about what exactly is that injury?
  • 4 0
 ligament of bone
  • 4 1
 I hate that they are not more specific about injuries, is it a rotater cuff tear, ac joint seperation, fractured humerus, labrum tear? The physios around here want to know!
  • 1 0
 Good thing its not a cuff repair
  • 2 0
 Life would be better if this weren't the case!
  • 2 0
 We are all sending you sam hilling vibes.
  • 5 3
 Maybe it's time to bring back body armor.
  • 1 0
 Heal fast man! After last seasons standing you must be itching badly to get back and have a taste of victory again!!!
  • 2 0
 No Sam Hill, no Steve Smith for the next race :-(
  • 1 0
 Too bad, I was so excited to watch him racing at Lourdes. Only saw him sitting in pits Frown

Get well soon, thunder !
  • 1 0
 You have really become one of the most likeable riders of all time. Heal up!!!!! You are the real deal.
  • 2 0
 B O L LO C K S ! ! ! ! What a pants season it will be with no sam
  • 2 1
 Hoping for a 2010 replay!! Andorra is waiting for you to reclaim those rainbow stripes Sam.
  • 1 0
 Hoping your fast recovery Sam, I'm not excited to watch WC DH with out Sam..
  • 1 0
 That's a bitch especially from his form last year. Thought 2015 was gonna be Sams year.
  • 1 0
 This SUCKS! I wanted to see Sam kill it this year.
  • 1 0
 Praying for a fast recovery, Sam. Will miss watching you shred.
  • 1 0
 Sam comeback stronger man.
  • 1 0
 There goes his chance @ the overall title this year. Heal up Sam.
  • 1 0
 Thats sad. Get well soon man!!! Good vibes from Brazil
  • 1 0
 Hope he's back soon.
  • 2 2
 season should be postponed until he's better
  • 1 0
 get well soon.. .
  • 1 2
 maybe its time to take up the enduro bike..
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