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Ben Sandford

Name  Ben Sandford
Siblings  Samantha Sandford
Weight  95 kg

Height  2.00 m
Role  Skeleton racer
TV shows  Rupert
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Born  12 March 1979 (age 36) (1979-03-12) Rotorua, New Zealand

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Ben Sandford (born 12 March 1979 in Rotorua) is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished tenth in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He finished 11th at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Sandford's best finish at the FIBT World Championships was 3rd in the men's skeleton event at Lake Placid in 2012. With his bronze medal, Ben became the second person from the Southern Hemisphere to medal at the FIBT World Championships, after his uncle Bruce Sandford who won gold in the same event in 1992 in Calgary.

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Due to his natural sporting talent, Sandford's introduction to Skeleton came after he led a Squash team representing Victoria University to an International University Squash Tournament held in Austria in 2002. The skeleton track was close to the host centre and Ben thought he would "give it a go."

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Sandford was educated at Rotorua Boys' High School and Victoria University of Wellington, where he graduated with bachelor's degrees in law and geography in 2002. He has served as an athlete representative to the New Zealand Olympic Committee since 2008 and the World Anti-Doping Agency since 2012. At the 2014 Congress of the Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobagganing Sandford was elected as the federation's Vice President for Legal Affairs, becoming the first person from Oceania to be elected to the FIBT's executive committee.

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Sandford will be the New Zealand Labour Party's candidate for Rotorua at the 2017 general election. Sandford was also ranked 57 on Labour's party list for the election.

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References

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