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December 27, 2012

Small-townies grew up to do big things

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With graduation coming around the corner, Groff said she decided to pursue her triathlon interests.

“I had done a few of them, but I had not done anything too great. It was not like I was winning” she said. “I just thought it would be cool to take one thing and try to be really good at it. Well, it turns out that one thing is really three things. I wanted to take that one aspect of something I had interest in and see how far I could get.”

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.

The hardest part of the journey was fracturing her pelvis before the Olympic tryouts, she said.

“Patience and hard work over time equals results,” she said. “I am absolutely living proof of that.”

So what is in Groff’s future? She said she has four or five years to improve and become an even better triathlete.

“I know I have room to grow when it comes to running,” she said. “I hope to get back to the Olympics and make it on the podium next time. I will have bigger expectations.”

Groff said she never had the chance to have someone who grew up in Cooperstown stand on stage and say, “Hey you know what? You guys can do it, too.”

She was not the only one who came back to old stomping grounds to share a can-do attitude with CCS students. CCS 2008 graduate Phil Pohl visited his alma mater while back in Cooperstown visiting his father for the holidays.

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