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Sarah Groff Official Photo 2012 USA Triathlon Olympic Team

Official Photo

Team(s): National Team
2011 ITU Rank: 3
2011 USAT Rank: 1
First Year Elite: 2005

Twitter: @sgroffy

Hometown: Cooperstown, N.Y.
Resides: Hanover, N.H.
College: Middlebury College
Height: 5-8
Weight: 136
Birthdate: 11/27/1981 (30)
Birthplace: Hanover, N.H.





Career Highlights

USA Triathlon National Team Member 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifier 2011 USAT Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year Ranked No. 3 in the 2011 ITU World Championship Series rankings Ranked No. 4 in the 2008 ITU rankings 2012 Highlights: Member of the USA Triathlon National Team • Placed 15th at the May 11 ITU World Triathlon San Diego • Ranks 44th in the ITU World Triathlon Series rankings through three events. Elite Triathlon Career: Named the 2011 USA Triathlon Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year • Recorded the top season by an American in the three-year history of the ITU World Championship Series in 2011 by placing third overall to earn a spot on the series podium • Finished 10th at the 2011 WCS Grand Final in Beijing to secure her third-place finish in the series • Placed seventh at the Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup • Posted five top-10 finishes in the seven WCS events in 2011 • Finished seventh at the 2011 ITU Elite Sprint World Championships • Part of the U.S. team that took fifth at the 2011 ITU Team Triathlon World Championships • Qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team with a seventh-place finish at the 2011 London WCS event on the proposed Olympic course • Earned the first-ever podium finish in a WCS event by a U.S. woman by taking third in Kitzbühel in 2011 • Posted a then-career-best WCS finish of seventh in Madrid in 2011 • Opened the 2011 season with an eighth-place finish at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup • Placed second at the 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Wrapped up the 2010 ITU World Championship Series as the No. 3 American and 20th overall • Placed fifth at the 2010 Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall, Texas • Posted three straight top-12 WCS finishes in 2010 — 10th in Kitzbuhel, 12th in London and eighth in Hamburg on July 18 • Placed 17th at the 2010 Hy-Vee ITU Elite Cup • Took 19th at the 2010 ITU World Championship Series opener in Sydney • Finished fifth at the season-opening 2010 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup • Ranked 17th overall and second among Americans in the 2009 ITU World Championship rankings • Posted three top-10 ITU finishes in 2009, including ninth-place showings in Madrid and Washington, D.C. • Finished 2008 ranked No. 4 in the ITU World Cup rankings • Took the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island title in 2008 and was second at the Huatulco ITU World Cup event • Placed seventh at the 2008 ITU World Championships in Vancouver • Won 2007 Geneva ITU Pan American Cup • Placed fourth at Edmonton World Cup in 2007 • 2007 ITU Aquathlon World Champion • Was second at ITU World Team Championships in Cancun, Mexico. Athletic Background: At Cooperstown High School, ran cross country and track and swam on the boy's swim team, as the school didn't have a girl's team at the time • Transferred to Deerfield Academy as a junior and competed on the cross country and swimming teams, earning All-New England Prep honors • At Division III Middlebury College, swam for four years as a freestyler and earned All-NESCAC and All-America honors.

Sarah Brooke Groff • Born November 27, 1981, in Hanover, N.H. • Grew up the youngest child in a family of five • Daughter of Jeannine and Gerald • Both siblings are married and highly accomplished: Adam is a MD/MBA and Lauren is a highly regarded fiction writer, and both still manage to find time to be fit and active • Sarah was a double major in conservation biology and studio art at Middlebury College, graduating cum laude and with highest honors in art • When finished with triathlon, she plans on going into environmental law • Has two dogs • Enjoys skiing and mountain biking • Also enjoys hiking, printmaking, woodcarving, bird watching and cooking.