Sami grew up in Columbus, NE and attended Scotus Central Catholic High School. She participated in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and track, earning two state titles in volleyball and one state title in track. She later attended the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), earning a full-ride scholarship to compete in track and field. She excelled in the pentathlon/heptathlon, achieving 13 conference titles, 4 Conference Championship MVP awards, 4 conference track & field Athlete of the Year awards, 2 UNO Female Athlete of the Year awards, the UNO Female Senior Achievement Award, the 2014 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Female Athlete of the Year, as well as the National Track & Field Association’s Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year.
She was a 5-time Academic All-American and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in exercise science. Following her undergraduate degree, Sami spent the next three years pursuing her professional track and field career, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic trials and competing for Team USA 4 times before pursuing her physical therapy degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
During her time as a student, she garnered experience in rural health, acute inpatient, orthopedic and sports rehab settings. Based on her own athletic and rehab experiences, she has a vast understanding of what it takes, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, to return to a high level of competition.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Chris, staying active, playing any kind of sport, and finding a good mountain to hike. She and her husband look forward to welcoming their first child in the fall of 2022.