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Who is Sarah True?

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Triathlon Beginnings 

Born November 27, 1981 in Hanover, N.H. Since her high school did not have a swim team for girls, she raced on the boys’ team, and ran cross country and track. Then at Middlebury College, she focused on swimming.  

Major Competitions/Medals 

True finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics, when she was known as Sarah Groff. She caught up to the leaders during the run leg, but ultimately finished 10 seconds short of the podium. 

She was named the USA Triathlon Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. 

Breakout Moment

True broke the tape at the ITU World Triathlon Stockholm in August of 2014 to claim her first career World Triathlon Series win. She recorded four other top-five finishes in 2014 to finish the year ranked No. 2 in the world.  


True is known for showing up to races with dirty hair. She is afraid that if she washes her hair, her swim cap will slip off. 

Top Quotes 

“Sarah had a career in this sport before I started competing. I’ve seen her develop as an athlete, and she is always trying to improve.” –Gwen Jorgensen

Olympic Experience

2012: No medal

Outside of Triathlon

She is married to U.S. distance runner Ben True. She is the sister of best-selling author Lauren Groff. 

Social Media

Facebook: sgroffy

Twitter: sgroffy

Instagram: sarah.b.true


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