It could have not panned out, according to Groff. She said it was a big risk, but one she was willing to take largely because she felt her parents would support her in whatever she wanted to do as long as she took a logical approach to it.
Groff said she gave herself a two-year limit.
“I said if I’m just no good and there is no hope for me, then I’m going to get a real job,” she said. “I still don’t have a real job. I like to say my job now is being the world’s biggest kid because I take naps, I have snack time and I get lots of exercise and get to wear really comfy clothing and that describes my 4-year-old nephew. It is a pretty awesome life, I’m not going to lie.”
There have been some really tough times along the way, Groff admits.
“But in the back of my mind, I was not going to give up,” she said. “My family was like, Sarah what are you doing to yourself? You are miserable.”
However, Groff said she would tell them she was not unhappy because she was pursuing something that she loved.
“I get to do this. I get to make myself miserable,” she explained. “It was kind of awesome that I get to make myself miserable. I got to do what I loved and I knew in the back of my mind that I had this goal and needed to be something a little bit more.”
The hardest part of the journey was fracturing her pelvis before the Olympic tryouts, according to Groff.
“I learned the hard way that you can’t train through it,” she said. “If you guys ever get injured, just don’t push through it. It is just a bad idea.”