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2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Profile: Sarah Groff
U.S. National Team member and 2012 Olympian Sarah Groff heads into Saturday’s elite women’s race at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final ranked No. 2 in the world after her win in Stockholm last weekend. Groff (Hanover, N.H.) is the only U.S. athlete to have earned a spot on the overall series podium with a third-place finish in 2011. After logging four top-five finishes on the series circuit this year, Groff tells USA Triathlon about returning from an injury, the energy of the Grand Final and her post-race plans.
On returning from an injury to pull off her first-ever World Triathlon Series win in Stockholm
As happy as I am to win in Stockholm, I'm even happier to be back racing well after injury. In June, I was told that my foot injury would probably be the end of my WTS season. I'm just so grateful that I've been able to bounce back from that point.
On her preparation for this race
After a difficult June and July, the priorities of my recent training have been simply to get healthy and regain some lost fitness.
On the energy in Edmonton
I love the energy of the Grand Final! Team USA races hard and supports other racers with equal passion. I get really excited to share the racing experience with our age-group team and seeing U.S. athletes line the course is incredibly buoying.
On the quick turnaround from Stockholm to Edmonton
The most difficult part about racing both Stockholm and Edmonton is the travel. The long flights and time change have made me a grumpier, more tired version of my normal self.
On her mental mindset heading into the Grand Final
I'm feeling very relaxed about the Grand Final; simply being on the start line healthy and reasonably fit has already exceeded my expectations. I'm looking forward to having fun, racing hard and hopefully contributing to the success of a strong Team USA.
On her chances of making the podium for the overall series
Ending up with an overall series medal would be like getting a high-five from a unicorn.
On her plans after Edmonton
I'll be racing the Super Sprint in Las Vegas. After that, I'll switch to wedding planning mode, cyclocross season and enjoying autumn in New England.
The elite women’s race will take place on Saturday, Aug. 30 at noon MT in Edmonton, Alberta. Find coverage of all Grand Final and World Championships events on usatriathlon.org.