2022 Olympics
Days
63
Hours
15
Mins
21
Secs
40

Sara Villani

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Brakeman
Birth Date:Sep. 19, 1996 (age 25)
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Website:saravillani.com

The drive for Sara to be an athlete started back in her gymnastics days as a young child. She knew early on she would not be able to continue that sport, but was keen to find her next passion. In came track and field. Sara found success in her early high school track and field career, which inspired her to continue to pursue the sport at a university level.  

In her first year of multi-event training at Western University, Sara won the 2015 Junior National Championships in the heptathlon, which qualified her to represent Canada at the 2015 Junior Pan Am Games held in Edmonton. In her second year, while competing in the pentathlon at the Provincial University Championships (OUAs), she miscalculated a step in one of her long jump warm-ups and would later be diagnosed with a bone bruise in her ankle. Sara ended up with gold and was ranked first going into the Canadian University Championships (CIS, now USports), but the pain in her ankle was high. At CIS, she got to the second event, high jump, and it was evident she would not be able to continue the competition…She had DNF next to her name. 

After this experience, Sara became very unsure of her next steps. After a lot of back and forth, she decided that she would specialize in the throws. In 2019, she found herself standing on the podium in second place at the USports Championships in shot put.  

In 2018, Sara attended an RBC Training Ground event where participants are put through various fitness tests such as a broad jump, vertical jump test, 30m sprint, etc. Sara ended up winning a few of the individual events and the overall for the women. It was here where she was recruited to a number of different sports including bobsleigh.  

In December of 2018, Sara had her first experience in a bobsled in Calgary. She had no clue what to expect…She had seen it on TV, but “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Her first run down the track ended in a crash! Luckily, that did not scare her off and she finished the week. She came back home to Ontario and knew that she was going to become a bobsledder.  

In October of 2019, she was announced to the Team Canada Development team, and has progressed nicely. Now in just her second year in the sport she has earned a spot on the Senior Bobsleigh Team, and now has her eyes locked on the ultimate goal of winning gold at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.  

Did You Know…

Sara has never eaten a Twinkie. She currently has three adopted pets (two cats, one dog). Sara has an honours double major in psychology and thanatology. She played trumpet for four years in middle school and high school.

Career Highlights

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2020 – North American Cup, Lake Placid, USA    

 

6th 2woman
2019 – North American Cup, Park City, USA

 

 

 2woman

 2woman

 2woman

 
2019 – North American Cup, Lake Placid, USA      

6th 2woman 

9th 2woman 

Track and Field/Athlétisme

2018-2019
– OUA Silver Medalist in Shot Put/Médaillée d’argent OUA en lancer du poids
– USports Silver Medalist in Shot Put/Médaillée d’argent OUA en lancer du poids
– Western University Women’s Shot Put Record Holder/Détient le record féminin en lancer du poids à l’Université Western

2015-2016
– Ontario’s Junior Women’s Top Athlete of the Year Award/Prix d’athlète de l’année de l’Ontario, femmes juniors
– OUA Gold Medalist in the Pentathlon/Médaillée d’or OUA en pentathlon

2014-2015
– OUA Bronze Medalist in the Pentathlon/Médaillée de bronze OUA en pentathlon
– Junior National Champion in the Heptathlon/Championne nationale junior dans l’heptathlon
– Represented Team Canada at the 2015 Junior Pan American Games in Edmonton/Membre d’Équipe Canada aux Jeux panaméricains juniors 2015 à Edmonton

World Championship Results

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2020/21
Altenberg, GER 2woman 16th de Bruin, Villani
         

World Cup Results

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2021/22
       
  Igls, AUT 2woman 9th Lotholz, Villani
2020/21
       
  Igls, AUT  2woman  5th Lotholz, Villani 
  Konigssee, GER 2woman 4th de Bruin, Villani 
 
St Moritz, SUI 2woman  8th  de Bruin, Villani 
 
Winterberg, GER 2woman 5th de Bruin, Villani