Olympians in the Spotlight: Sarah Groff

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With the Summer Olympics underway in London, Boston Music Spotlight is delighted to feature a special edition of “Athletes in the Spotlight”. Today, we speak with USA triathlon national team member Sarah Groff.

Groff, a resident of Hanover, New Hampshire and graduate of Middlebury College, was named the “USAT Olympic/ITU Athlete of the Year” in 2011 and was ranked #3 in the 2011 ITU World Championship Series ranking. She will compete in London on Saturday, August 4. The triathlon consists of a 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles) swim, 40 kilometers (25 miles) bicycle ride and 10 kilometers (6.2 mile) run.

Boston Music Spotlight (BMS): What do you like to listen to before a competition? 

Sarah Groff (SG): It really depends on my mood. I tend to gravitate more towards more upbeat indie rock before racing, but I’ll adjust it if I’m especially nervous or need to get psyched up.

BMS: Do you have any musical talents (or do you prefer Rock Band/Guitar Hero)?

SG: I played French horn growing up, but I wasn’t terribly dedicated to the instrument. I now leave music to the professionals.

BMS: What was the first concert you attended?

SG: John Denver with my family when I was around 7.

BMS: What is your favorite band/artist from the UK?

SG: Radiohead.

BMS: What about from Boston/New England?

SG: Favorite New England band right now is Passion Pit. Favorite New England artist is Anaïs Mitchell. She she was on the same hall as me freshman year at Middlebury College and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

BMS: Are there any artists performing during the Olympics that you hope to see?

SG: Blur will be getting together to play at Closing Ceremonies for one of the few times since the band split. I’m a pretty big Damon Albarn fan, so I’m excited about seeing them perform.

Groff will compete in the triathlon at the Summer Olympics in London on Saturday, August 4. The NBC Sports Network will air the race live at 4 a.m. For more on Groff, please visit her official website at www.sarahgroff.com or follow her on Twitter at @sgroffy. For more on the United States triathlon team, please visit www.usatriathlon.org.

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