It took two extra years, but Sarah Groff finally made the podium in London.
Groff, the Olympic triathlete who grew up in Cooperstown, finished second behind American teammate Gwen Jorgensen at the ITU World Triathlon Series in London on May 31.
“It took a couple of years and persistence, but I finally earned a podium in London. And yes, it moved me to tears,” Groff tweeted after the race.
It wasn’t the only time she felt overwhelming emotions this year. In Janruary, Groff said yes to a wedding proposal from her boyfriend of three years, Ben True. True is a professional runner and running coach and has helped Groff move from being a swimming/biking athlete to being a world-class runner herself. That transition, she said, has in turn helped propel her into being one of the world’s best triathletes.
Groff moved to No. 3 in the world in the women’s triathlon rankings, a feet overshadowed by her teammate, Jorgensen, moving to No. 1 in the world rankings after the London race.
Since then Groff suffered a minor training injury that caused her to withdraw from the ITU World Triathlon Series in Chicago on June 28. While the extent and type of injury unknown were unspecified, another tweet indicated that Groff had a foot problem.
“I’m very disappointed to have to withdraw from #WTSChicago with a minor injury,” Groff tweeted on June 25. “If it weren’t my foot, I’d be kicking myself right now.”
After missing the Chicago race, Groff fell back to fourth in the rankings.
Despite the injury, Groff indicated that she would participate in the New York City triathlon on Aug 3. It is unknown if she will compete in the WTS event in Hamburg, Germany next weekend.
Groff has also been continuing her media push. She continues to write a monthly column for www.espnw.com, the media giant’s women’s sports site, and she recently signed with an agent, TYR Sport.